Homemade Tomato Sauce

Though fall fruits and vegetables are showing up more and more at the farmer’s market, summer’s mainstays are still holding strong. For me, that’s one of the best parts about September – the best of both food worlds. Last Saturday I found table after table filled to the brim with late summer tomatoes, priced at $1 per pound. I couldn’t help myself, I snatched up a few pounds to make tomato sauce.

Now, I have never actually made marinara. This was my first attempt and I think it’s pretty good! It is most certainly more fresh and far less “stewed” tasting than the jarred stuff. It isn’t the richest or thickest sauce in the world, but I like it that way. I kept it chunky and only cooked it for about an hour, sealing in the fresh taste. If you will only eat “Italian Grandma” style sauce, I wouldn’t recommend this. However, if you’re looking for something that tastes naturally sweet and bursting with tomato flavor, do it.

Homemade Tomato Sauce
*Makes about 4 servings

5 cups of chopped and seeded tomatoes (6 large)
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
pinch red pepper
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
fresh basil to taste

1.) After washing your tomatoes chop them into small, bite-size chunks, removing seeds. I left in the “guts” part but just removed the seeds.
2.) Heat a large pot to medium. Add the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and saute for about one minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another two minutes. De-glaze the pan with the white wine and cook for another few minutes.
3.) Add in the tomatoes, salt, red pepper and black pepper. Bring to a boil then lower heat to low.
4.) Cook on low, uncovered, for about an hour. Stir occasionally. Right before serving toss in a few tablespoons of fresh, torn basil.
5.) Use for pizza, pasta, etc. Don’t forget the parmesan!

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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3 Responses to Homemade Tomato Sauce

  1. fore front says:

    or you could let it simmer for 8 hours debbie serino style

  2. Mads says:

    mmm I love homemade tomato sauce. Something about jar sauces always has me looking for more. Thanks for the recipe!

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