Polpettina Homestyle Pizza Kitchen's Multi-Use Tomato Basil Sauce

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Polpettina Homestyle Pizza Kitchen, a new Eastchester restaurant focused on organic, locally sourced Italian Influenced New American cuisine. Kyle Inserra and Mike Abruzese showed us how to make a super simple Tomato Basil Sauce and use it on three different dishes.

Tomato Basil Sauce RecipeIngredients

1 Can of Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes

1 Bunch of Rough Chopped Basil

2 Medium Spanish Onion Diced

4 TBSP Vegetable Oil

Pecorino

Extra: Kosher Salt and Pepper

Instructions

- Sweat the onions in a large Rondeau.

- When the onions are translucent add the basil.

- Cook Basil for 3 minutes and then add tomatoes.

- Bring to a simmer.

- Cook and skim for approximately 30 minutes.

- Add Pecorino

- Season as needed and use immediately or transfer to tupperware containers and label/date & freeze for later use.

Polpettina (Italian for "Little Meatball") was opened in March 2011 by two young guys who care about keeping things local and who were looking to bring a better way of eating to their community. They've become known both for their extensive menu of fresh, locally sourced cuisine, craft beers and wine and also their ability to keep prices reasonable.

The two young co-chef's/owners, Kyle Inserra & Mike Abruzese, have even been known to spend their weekends driving around the region seeking out the best local produce, fish & meat from local farmers and fisherman.

Using ingredients that are as organic and natural as possible, Polpettina offers everything from gourmet meatballs and brick oven pizzas to hearty salads and sandwiches, as well as specialty dishes that include everything from sea urchin miso butter dressed spaghetti to pork belly porcetta with roasted root vegetables and meyer lemon gremolata.

With a recent expansion that now includes the new Polpettina Market, they offer a Blue Bottle Organic Coffee Bar and shelves upon shelves of homemade soups, sauces and pickles for purchase.

Polpettina is truly a locavores dream and a labor of love. Just outside Manhattan, Polpettina is only a short walk from the Crestwood stop on Metro-North. For more info, check out their website at: www.polpettina.com.

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