So now when I have a plethora of garden tomatoes, I put them to good use by canning them or making something I can use later like salsa.
One of those things I like to make with all my garden tomatoes is pasta sauce. I don't follow a recipe when it comes to my sauce, I just make it with what I have on hand and this week it was tomatoes and peppers and other things I harvested in the past two weeks.
Here's what I start with:
|Tomatoes, Peppers, Carrots, Celery, Onions and Garlic.|
|I make a X -shaped slit on the bottom of each tomato. The tomatoes I used in this sauce were Plum Tomatoes.|
|Then I put them in the boiling water for 30 seconds to a minute. Basically until you see the skins start to peel up.|
|Take tomatoes out of the hot boiling water and submerge them into ice water for a few minutes.|
|Remove them when you begin to see the skins peel up.|
|Completely remove skins and cores.|
|Remove seeds. I use my finger to pull these babies out.|
|After removing the seed there was a lot of juice left over in the bowl. The juice was full of seeds so I strained it through cheese cloth.|
|Squeezing the juice through the cheese cloth.|
|I placed the Tomatoes and juice in a sauce pan and set on low heat as I prepared the other vegetables.|
|I heat up some olive oil in a frying pan for the onions, basil and garlic.|
|When the onions are transparent, I add to the pan my carrots and celery.|
|After a few minutes I add the green peppers.|
|I don't keep the peppers in the pan for long. Maybe two minutes or so. Then I transfer the contents of the frying pan to the sauce pan with the tomatoes.|
|Keep your burner on a low setting and allow to cook for several hours, stirring occasionally.|
|The sauce is ready when it has reduced by about half. This batch cooked for about 4 hours.|
|I like to puree my sauce in a blender. This is not necessary, but in my house I have no choice! If I leave all of those chunks in there, there's going to be three kids and a husband picking the vegetables out. I do what have to do!!|
|I like to add a touch of honey to sweeten my sauce, but can use white sugar if you'd like or leave out the sweet all together.|
|Then just a sprinkle of salt.|
And this sauce is great with homemade pasta!!