Recipe by Sarah
This was adopted from the Recipezaar account. The number of servings is a guess as I haven't made this yet, I will edit as soon as I can.
Top Review by Akikobay
I needed a tomato sauce that was vegetarian and quick and this fit the bill. The sauce is flavorful and despite the long list of instructions is quite easy to put together with things I always have in the pantry. The instructions are very detailed and very clear. Thank you for posting this.
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole canned tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 jalapeno (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup sun-dried tomato packed in oil, drained and chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
Directions See How It's Made
- Open the can of tomatoes and pour off the juice into a bowl.
- Use the lid to press against the tomatoes to extract as much juice as possible.
- Then use your hand to squeeze the tomatoes to a pulp.
- Reserve the juice and pulp separately and set the empty can aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat until hot.
- If using the jalapeno, tilt the pan to collect the oil in a little pool against the side and drop the jalapeno into the oil.
- Cook until lightly brown, about 2 minutes.
- Remove the jalapeno and reserve.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook briefly until light gold.
- Add the tomato juice and bring to a boil.
- Simmer rapidly for several minutes.
- Add the crushed tomato pulp.
- Then rinse the remaining pulp out of the can by filling it halfway with water and add that to the pan.
- Add the bay leaf, jalapeno, if using, and salt and pepper, to taste, and return to a boil.
- Add the sun-dried tomatoes and stir.
- Lower the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching, until the mixture thickens and the tomatoes have turned an orange red, about 30 minutes.
- Add the oregano halfway through the cooking.
- Discard the bay leaf.
- Peel, seed and mash the jalapeno with a spoonful of the sauce and add back to sauce.
- Variation for quick tomato sauce: substitute 2 pounds vine ripened tomatoes for the canned tomatoes.
- Peel the tomatoes, cut in 1/2 crosswise, and squeeze out the juice and seeds over a sieve suspended over a bowl.
- Chop the tomatoes.
- Proceed as directed, omitting the dried tomatoes and using jalapeno, if desired.
- The recipe may be increased proportionately.