Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce

Few tomato sauces have a purer, fresher taste than this one. By omitting additional ingredients, the irresistible sweetness of fresh tomatoes comes to the forefront.
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Total: 1 hour
  • Serves 4 to 6
Simple Tomato Sauce
  • Blanching Tomatoes
  • 2 quarts water
  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  • 2 pounds fresh, ripe plum tomatoes
  • Plunge tomatoes into boiling water for one minute. Remove with a slotted spoon or spider whisk and submerge them into cold or ice water for 15 seconds. Remove and let rest on the counter.
  • Due to the blanching, tomato skins should peel off easily. Discard skins and coarsely chop tomato into 3/4-inch pieces.
  • Sauce
  • Place chopped tomatoes into a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add onion halves, butter, and salt to pan with tomatoes. Heat at medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally and breaking up tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook until fat floats on the surface and tomatoes have broken apart, about 45 minutes.
  • additional salt as needed
  • Taste sauce and add additional salt to taste.
  • Remove onion halves and discard.
  • pasta dish
  • Top desired pasta recipe with sauce.
From . ( Adapted from Hazan, Marcella. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. (New York, 1992.) p 152.

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