Now, what can you do with a huge box full of ripened tomatoes? Make pasta sauce, of course! Make some for tonight's dinner and freeze the rest for future dinners. Perfect!
Easy Pasta Sauce: Using Fresh Tomatoes
*Approximately 4-5 pounds of fresh tomatoes
*2-3 medium onions, chopped
*5 cloves of garlic, chopped
*Handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
*1/3 cup olive oil
*1 Teaspoon Salt
*1 Tablespoon Sugar
*Several sprigs of fresh parsley
*Parmesan cheese, optional topping
- Several years ago, I learned THE BEST TRICK for peeling tomatoes. If you have ever tried to individually peel tomatoes, you know why it is something I used to despise. Once I learned this trick, I am a tomato-peeling master :) Bring a pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut a shallow "X- shape" into the tops of each tomato using a paring knife. Once the water is boiling, drop the tomatoes in. Leave them in there for about 30 seconds. Then, immediately put them into a bowl full of cold water. The skins will automatically start peeling off! Now, you can easily remove all the skins from the tomatoes and you won't be cursing during the process!
Here are the tomatoes in their naked glory!
2. Now that you have naked tomatoes, it is time to start the sauce! Heat up the olive oil in a large saucepan. Drop in the onions, garlic, basil, and salt. Saute for about 5-10 minutes, allowing the onions to soften and the flavors to meld.
3. Meanwhile, chop up the tomatoes into small bits. To make life easier, you make want to consider doing this with a food processor.
4. After the onion has had time to soften, add the tomatoes, sugar, and parsley. Bring to a boil. Once boiled, reduce heat to a simmer and let it simmer for well over 2 hours. I prefer about 4 hours. Stir as often as you can. The longer you let it simmer, the more intense the flavors will be and the thicker the sauce will be!
Add some fresh parmesan cheese, if desired:)
It is always desired in my house.
It is as easy as that, seriously! This recipe makes about 3 servings (depending on how much you serve per bowl of pasta).
We also use this sauce for homemade pizzas!
Whatever you don't use that night, freeze in individual containers and take it out when needed for a quick pasta meal.