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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.
To see step-by-step illustrated instructions, please go to this page:
http://www.livingalifeincolour.com/recipes/salsa-al-pomodoro-simple-tomato-sauce/ —woo wei-duan
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
- In a saucepan, mix all the ingredients together and cook on low heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- If you have the time it is best to cook it for up to 45 minutes.
- 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.
- If you are serving to guests, you can choose to sieve or puree the sauce once cooked although I never do.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
- 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.