Tomatoes are such a versatile ingredient, but all too frequently the ones that you can buy in your local store are under-ripe and flavorless. Because tomatoes are picked early and packed for transport, it is often hard to get tomatoes that will enhance your beautiful sauce. They have also often been grown using pesticides and other chemicals. Fortunately there are many varieties of canned and dried tomatoes, both whole and diced, that will have the necessary flavor and the added bonus that you don't have to peel them. Look for a good Italian brand such as San Marzano or an organic offering such as Muir Glen.
Here is a very detailed explanation of how to make really great fresh tomato sauce. You can short-circuit the tomato preparation by using canned tomatoes. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a printable recipe.
In the second part of the tutorial, chef Robert Khoury shows how to finish the tomato sauce.
Here is the complete recipe:
- 1¾ lb fresh vine-ripened or ripe plum tomatoes, or canned tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Wash tomatoes and remove the stalk.
- Cut each tomato in quarters.
- Place tomatoes in food processor.
- Process for 3-4 minutes or until smooth.
- Place oil in pan over medium heat.
- Add tomatoes to pan.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Reduce over medium heat until liquid reduces & thickens (about 20 mins)
It is certainly worth your while to make real tomato sauce made from fresh ingredients. you can control the salt and sugar content, and there are no preservatives or other additives. Your family will love it.
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