People are always asking me for quick, different pasta sauces (condimentos) that can easily be made during the school/work week.  Search no more.  I made this delicious condimento, consisting of only 5 ingredients, in under 20 minutes. 
Not that long ago, I accidentally bought a small can of Italian cherry tomatoes. Canned cherry tomatoes, whole, in their juice, from the Amalfi coast. I used them to make a quick sauce one night and we all fell in love with how fresh and sweet they were.  With little cooking, they yield a wonderful basic, pomodoro sauce.
This is the brand I’ve been using, though I recently found a Shop Rite label, also with tomatoes grown and  imported from Italy, and used them with equal success.

Canned Cherry Tomatoes in Juice: La Valle Brand

Pomodoro con Crimini e Burro do Tartufo
 – 2 Cans La Valle Italian canned cherry tomatoes (8oz.)
 – 3 cloves garlic, sliced
 – 1 package crimini mushrooms, sliced
 – 8-10 basil leaves, torn
 – 3 pats White Truffle Butter
Saute the garlic in oil until fragrant and then add the tomatoes.  They are whole, so gently break them with tongs or a wooden spoon. Add salt and pepper, let simmer over medium heat 15 minutes until they break down and soften. About 10 minutes in, add the basil and the mushrooms.  When the sauce thickens, add the truffle butter and serve.  We used this sauce with homemade Plin to great success.  The truffle butter gives a nice sheen and consistency to the sauce and adds a “hidden” flavor to the recipe.

Condimento: Cherry Tomatoes, Crimini Mushrooms, basil


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