Thursday, August 13, 2009

Simple Spaghetti Sauce

When the tomatoes are plentiful, you have to do something with them.

This is a simple way to use up a bunch for now or frozen for later. I don't can, so I don't know if any alterations would be necessary to make it shelf stable.

Simple Spaghetti Sauce
Makes about 2 cups, and can be doubled

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs tomatoes, cored, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon of salt
extra grated vegetables (if desired) -- I often throw in some yellow squash or zucchini
pinch of sugar (if desired)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Add olive oil and garlic to a large, cold skillet. Cook on medium until the garlic is fragrant and starting to sizzle (but not brown). Add tomatoes, salt and extra veggies, if using. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat, add in basil and season to taste.


Michelle Smiles said...

Looks yummy - do you find yours gets watery when you freeze and then defrost it? I've struggled with that but it might just be me.

Jordana said...

I haven't defrosted any yet, but you cook most of the water out of this. I think the originally recipe suggested that you might want to add a bit of pasta water back in to thin it. It is pretty thick.

Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing! Have you ever tried making piccalilli? My mil has a fantastic recipe going way back. It's French Canadian in origin I think. If you want I could share it with you. It's a slightly sweet relish that goes very well with most meat, especially pork. It uses green tomatoes so it's a great way to use up the last of the season that didn't ripen in time.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing ... I'm going to try this out. :)

Herb of Grace said...

What about canning it instead of freezing? I always think of pasta sauce as being a canned thing anyways...

If our delinquent tomato plants ever bear any fruit, I'll have to give this a try!

Jordana said...

As I said in the post, I don't can. So whether it can easily be canned or not, I have no idea.

Kim said...

Yummm! Looks delicious!

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