Fresh herbs are always best but if you don’t have fresh basil on hand you can easily substitute for dried in this recipe. As part of my 2013 goals and resolutions, we are trying to use up things in our pantry and refrigerator without buying extra ingredients. For this recipe, I used up a can of crushed tomatoes and half the whipping cream as part of our pantry clean out. Since I used dried basil instead of fresh, I did not even have to make a trip to the grocery store as we had everything we needed on hand. Oh, and I pulled out a container of vegetable broth I had made recently too!
Of course, I had mostly ALDI ingredients on hand including Friendly Farms whipping cream, Happy Harvest crushed tomatoes, and Stonemill basil. ALDI has been one of my favorite places to shop this past year for awesome deals without spending time on couponing. You can read about my Top 10 Reasons Why I Love ALDI Shopping to learn more.
You will need whipping cream, crushed tomatoes, basil, vegetable broth, and butter for this recipe.
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 8-10 ounces vegetable broth
- ½ stick butter
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1½ teaspoon basil
- Bring tomatoes and broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add basil, sugar, cream, and butter.
- Cook until butter is melted.