Simple Tomato Sauce (salsa al pomodoro) - Campania, Ricetta di base

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Author Notes: This is a very simple sauce that serves as the base for many Italian dishes but can also just be tossed with cooked pasta and served.
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Makes 600 grams

  • 800 grams tomatoes (if tinned, then drain away the juice, remove seeds, and chop coarsely) peeled, seeds removed, and roughly chopped or 600 grams tomato passata
  • 40 milliliters extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, bruised and whole (for a faint garlic flavour), finely sliced, or finely chopped (for a stronger garlic flavour)
  • 8 basil leaves
  • sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a saucepan, mix all the ingredients together and cook on low heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. If you have the time it is best to cook it for up to 45 minutes.
  3. If it gets too thick you can add some chicken stock or water to thin it and keep cooking. If you used whole garlic garlic cloves, they can now be discarded.
  4. If you are serving to guests, you can choose to sieve or puree the sauce once cooked although I never do.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
  6. Notes: If you are pressed for time, you can also just cook this for 15 to 20 minutes. To make in the Vorwerk Thermomix Bimby: Place 3 cloves of garlic, 8 basil leaves and 40 grams of olive oil in the mixing bowl. Optional step: chop 7sec/Speed 5. Add 800 grams tomatoes (or 600 gms tomato passata) and 2 grams of salt. Cook for 25 min/100C/speed. Optional step for children to make a smoother sauce: blend 1 min/speed 10.

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