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Harvesting the remainder of the tomatoes, zucchinis, yellow squash and cherry tomatoes before a reported frost had me scrambling a bit. I figured on making sauce but needed a bit more, so this came out a chunky, vigorous sauce for dinner and for freezing. I also used fresh herbs, basil, oregano, and chives to add spunk. Dried herbs can be subbed. Season to your taste. This is a basic sauce.
- 12 large tomatoes, stemmed and quartered (mine were as large as my fist)
- 20 cherry tomatoes, stemmed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large green pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, whole chopped (more or less for taste)
- 1 cup fresh basil (I use a handful)
- 1 cup fresh oregano (I use a handful)
- 1 tablespoon red pepper, for heat (optional- or to taste) (optional)
- 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 2 cups water
- salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients to crock pot and put on low 6 hours.
- Then mash with potato masher and cook on low for 6-8 more hours.
- Add more seasonings to taste at his point.
- FOR FREEZING- put into freezer containers and freeze.
- I do not add meat at this point, I add meat when reheating for dinner.
- Notice: I do not skin tomatoes, as I mash them in the sauce.
- For a smoother sauce when cool and before freezing run through a sieve or a blender, then put into freezer containers.
Chef1MOM~Connie, you described this as "basic sauce". <br/>No it's not ...... It is a wonderful ingredient..... Its a base sauce! .... Not basic ;-) It is just perfect!<br/>I have made this a few times (and forgot to review) and it is just perfect for using up the last of the harvest.<br/>I followed the recipe, but as you stated.......added fresh basil, oregano, chives and zucchini, and the second time capsicum and the third mushroom's! All worked so well.<br/>I think you could use what you wanted "Well within reason that is ".<br/>It is just the perfect tomato based sauce to start of any recipe that needs a tomato base.<br/>Ohh! And may I add .... It does freeze so very well also, I froze different ones and have been using as a base to a lot of my Italian recipe's!<br/>Wonderful recipe "Connie"...... Thanks.