It’s always good to have a few cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste on hand, but if I have the time and the fresh ingredients available, a slow-simmering homemade sauce is fun to make.
- 1-2 fresh ripe TOMATOES
- 1/2 c ONION, finely chopped
- 2 cloves GARLIC, crushed
- 1 tsp SUGAR
- 3 stems fresh BASIL
- Dash RED WINE VINEGAR
- SALT and PEPPER to taste
- Drop TOMATOES into a pan of boiling water for about 1 minute until the skins split. Lift out and peel, then chop roughly.
- Saute ONION on medium-low heat about 5 minutes until translucent but not brown. Add GARLIC and cook 2 more minutes.
- Add peeled TOMATOES breaking them up with a wooden spoon, then add 1 tsp SUGAR, dash of RED-WINE VINEGAR, and BASIL STEMS (save the leaves). Season lightly with SALT and ground BLACK PEPPER.
- Bring to a simmer, then turn down the heat and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test the seasoning, add the roughly-torn BASIL LEAVES before serving.
|PREP 15 minutes||COOK 1 hr||MEDIUM TEMP||4 SERVINGS|