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You Saucy Tomato!

Written by Patti on July 29th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Do you remember this past spring when you couldn’t wait to plant your tomatoes? Do you now have a bundle of tomatoes and can’t decide what to do with them?

I am also experiencing a massive amount of tomatoes on my vines. What to do with that beautiful crop? How about some scrumptious, fresh, tomato sauce? With the addition of those herbs you are also growing, you can have a super healthy dinner on the table tonight.

When you have gathered all your ripe, luscious tomatoes, wash them and make an “x” at the bottom of the fruit. Put a large pot of water on to boil and drop your tomatoes right in to boil until they just start to look wrinkled. Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking. The skins will peel right off and then you can squish them with your clean hands into another bowl.

Cut an "x" into each tomato

Boiling The Tomatoes

Next, Pop Them Into An Ice Bath

Make sure you have all your ingredients together in one spot for easy access. This is what I used in my sauce.

My Ingredients

3 cups of prepared tomatoes

½ cup fresh basil

1/8 cup fresh thyme & oregano, mixed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pint of  sliced mushrooms

1 bottle red wine

1/8 cup of tomato paste

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions in the oil until translucent, add garlic and mushrooms and let cook down a bit.

Add tomatoes, wine, herbs and spices, along with the tomato paste (just to help boost the tomato flavor and give the sauce extra body). Bring to a boil and then adjust to a simmer.

Let simmer until sauce is reduced by half.

Everybody Into The Pool!

By Now, Everyone Is Your House Should Be Drooling

Prepare your pasta and when the pasta is ready, mix a bit with the sauce and spoon extra over, if desired. Grate a bit of parmesan over the dish and garnish with extra basil.

You Will Never Miss The Meat - Promise!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Dean Martin – That’s Amore


1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christy says:

    LOVE the boiling tomatoes shots! I have never made sauce and have always wondered how to do it. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Christy