It is so convenient to open a can of spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes that making tomato sauce from scratch is a dying art. But if you can get tomatoes right out of the garden to make your own sauce, you will be surprised how rich the taste and texture is.
If you can’t grow your own tomatoes, we suggest buying a full case from a restaurant supplier to save money. They are usually packed in 5 pound cases and the cost ranges from $7 to $9. Invite friends to help make a big batch and split it between the group
Before using fresh tomatoes for sauce, you will want to remove the skin so it doesn’t float around in the sauce. To remove the tomato skin:
- Thoroughly wash and rinse the tomatoes.
- Cut an X in the bottom of each tomato.
- Get a pot of water boiling on the stove and another container of water with ice nearby.
- Lower a few tomatoes into boiling water and scald them until the skin starts to peel around the X (about 15 seconds.)
- Remove each tomato with a slotted spoon and immediately transfer to the ice water.
- Peel the softened skin with fingers or a knife. Repeat with remaining tomatoes.
Now you are ready to make a sauce of your choice. Here is a recipe for spaghetti sauce but with different spices and herbs you could make a curry or Creole sauce.
- 2 T olive oil
- 4 cl garlic minced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 T dry basil
- 3 C tomatoes chopped with skin removed
- pinch of salt and pepper
- (optional) ¼ C water 3 T agar
- 1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté onion and garlic until translucent. (3-5 min.)
- 2. Add tomatoes and basil
- 3. Bring to a slow boil, then lower heat to simmer on low for at least 30 min ‘til thickened.
- 4. Blend with a fork or blender for desired consistency.
- For a thicker sauce, mix agar with cold water, add to sauce stirring constantly and simmer until thick. Do Not bring it to a full boil.