Monday, April 7, 2008

Simple Tomato Sauce

Jarred tomato sauce is a lot like Bisquick or microwave popcorn: it's something extremely simple to make but until recently (2007), the food industry had me convinced that I couldn't have pasta or pancakes or popcorn without them. Something as simple as olive oil and tomatoes is a huge consumer product. These jars can cost $5.

Now instead of buying a jar of sauce, I buy a box of chopped or pureed tomatoes. I don't like to buy boxes but it is nice to have tomatoes on hand for a quick red sauce when I need one. It isn't that much harder to chop my own tomatoes. My dad makes a fabulous tomato sauce when he finds gorgeous tomatoes at the farmer's market. Or even better, grow your own tomatoes. The 3rd Annual Tomato Market is happening this weekend in Marin click here for more details.

1/4 cup olive oil
5 garlic cloves
1/2 small onion
26 oz. chopped or pureed tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon honey
salt to taste

Heat the olive oil and garlic together for five minutes. The idea is to scent the olive oil. Pull the garlic out after the five minutes. Add the onion to the olive oil. Cook for five minutes or until soft. Add all the tomatoes. Season with salt and honey.
While living in France many, many years ago, I learned that sugar helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Then while on vacation in Mexico, I used honey instead of refined white sugar and my red sauce tasted even better!
Simmer until all the flavors blend together, another ten minutes, or until the pasta is ready. Either eat the sauce chunky or puree in a blender.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice recipe. You can also use wine to sweeten the sauce instead of sugar. That's what the Italians do.

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