Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Based on a recipe from Lydie Marshall's cookbook, Slow-Cooked Comfort. In her intro to the recipe she says, "For most of the year I make a chunky tomato sauce for stews and casseroles with canned tomatoes, with excellent results. In September when the Roma (plum) tomatoes are in season, I make batches and freeze them in 1-pint plastic bags." Prep and cooking times reflect choosing the fresh tomatoes option, which take longer than canned tomatoes.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (28 ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 1 1⁄2 lbs small fresh plum tomatoes, about 12
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- For sauce made with canned tomatoes:.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil and add canned chopped tomatoes with their juices.
- Stir in the sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, and oregano and bring to high simmer.
- Cover partially and cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes; occasionally mash the tomatoes into the cooking juices.
- For sauce made with fresh tomatoes:.
- Place tomatoes in a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow to stand until skins come off easily, about 10 minutes (plum tomatoes have thick skins).
- Using same ingredients as above, cook tomatoes, cover the pot tightly and simmer for 45 minutes. Fresh tomatoes take longer to cook than canned ones.
- Occasionally, remove the lid and allow the condensation to drip back into the sauce.
- With a wooden spoon, mash the tomatoes.
Since roma tomatoes are in season, I decided to try this. I took a previous poster's suggestion and added some sauteed garlic. OMG this was really good! And it's cheaper to make than the canned stuff.
5 star rating from DS. I used the crock pot and it worked out so well. I have put the sauce on a pizza base and DS had it for lunch and loved it. I will freeze the remainder. I used tomatoes out of the garden and lots of fresh herb.
Yes-sir-wee, this is a wonderful, simple, but complex tasting sauce. I followed this exactly, using fresh tomatoes. I put everything in the crockpot first thing in the morning and presto magic-o I had wonderful sauce coming through the door. I couldn't of opened a jarred sauce as fast as this came together! Perfection! I added Italian Seasoning in place of the dried oregano. Bravo! Very tasty! Made for *Photo Swap* January 2010