About a year ago I was dealing with a massive amount of tomatoes and basil from a friend's garden. I was about to start on my sauce when I heard "Chef Academy" in the background and Jean Cristophe Novelli teaching his grandmother's recipe for tomato sauce. I attempted to replicate his recipe with the ingredients I had on hand and ended up using Chinese five spice in place of his star anise and came to the conclusion that I loved five spice tomato sauce. I make big batches of it and use it as a sauce for: chicken, fish, noodles, vegetables, tempeh, on sandwiches, to poach eggs, to flavor beans, as a cold dip or just a spoonful on it's own. —EdMac
tomatoes (any kind you have) cored and halved
Coat the bottom of a large saucepan with olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add tomatoes cut side down.
Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 20 minutes
Using a hand masher, mash tomatoes. Add five spice, honey, crushed red pepper, garlic and vanilla extract.
Lower heat and let simmer uncovered for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Add the chopped basil and simmer for approx. 20 minutes until it has the consistency of thick jam. Taste and adjust seasonings.