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.
- 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.