Fresh Tomato With Fresh Ginger Sauce

"This sauce is not a traditional Italian sauce, but don't let that stop you -- the surprise of fresh ginger in a tomato sauce is utterly delicious. This is a great sauce to make ahead and reheat when you need a really quick meal. To make this sauce even quicker, you can serve it unpureed or unmilled -- but I think the extra step of smoothing it out better distributes the ginger flavor. This sauce is superb with spaghetti or any long, thin, dried pasta. Recipe by David Rosengarten"
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  • Cook the shallots, ginger, and garlic in the butter in a medium skillet over moderate heat for 4 minutes, stirring.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and the sugar, and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Put the sauce through a food mill or puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  • Toss with hot pasta and parsley leaves.
  • Serve immediately.
  • This recipe yields 4 servings, enough sauce for 1 pound of dried pasta.

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  1. We had this last night over linguini! So refreshing and unbelievably delectable!!! Thanks so much for sharing this! I think I am going to try the sauce in as a lasagna sauce next week. I think that I will use spinich or zuchini, lots of garlic of course and ricotta, maybe some mushrooms. Can't wait! Again thank you for a recipe that I will prepare for friends and use for years to come!
  2. Refreshingly different, super simple pasta sauce, which we did enjoy.
  3. This was different than a typical pasta sauce and it was a very nice change. I used canned tomatoes, pureed it, and served it over spaghetti. I eagerly await the arrival of fresh tomatoes this summer so I can give it a try with fresh instead of canned.
  4. Very nice - the ginger makes it special. Also smells fantastic when it is cooking. Went down very well when I had a friend around for dinner.
  5. I thought this was wonderful. My sister and I both commented that the sauce was like something you get in a great Italian restaurant.. fragrant and delicious. I made the recipe exactly as written (with the canned tomatoes) and then ran it through the food processor. Served over hot linguine as a delicious side.



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