Hello, my green-thumbed tribe!
It’s your gal, Misses T, back with another post to help you in your gardening journey. Today, we’re stepping out of the garden and into the kitchen. We’re going to turn those juicy, homegrown tomatoes into a simple and delicious tomato sauce. So, let’s get cooking!
- 10-12 ripe tomatoes from your garden
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- A handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the Tomatoes: Start by washing your tomatoes. Then, cut a small X on the bottom of each tomato. This will make it easier to peel them.
- Blanch the Tomatoes: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the tomatoes and boil for about 30 seconds. Then, using a slotted spoon, quickly transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Once they’re cool, peel off the skins. They should come off easily thanks to the X you cut earlier.
- Cook the Sauce: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it’s soft and translucent. Then, add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add the Tomatoes: Chop the peeled tomatoes and add them to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer. Cook the sauce for at least 30 minutes, but the longer you can let it simmer, the better the flavor will be.
- Season the Sauce: Add the torn basil leaves to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the sauce cook for a few more minutes so the flavors can meld together.
And there you have it, folks! A simple and delicious tomato sauce made from your homegrown tomatoes. This sauce is perfect for pasta, pizza, or any dish that calls for tomato sauce. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those extra tomatoes from your garden.
Until next time, keep those thumbs green and your kitchen filled with the fruits of your labor!