Magic Fresh Tomato Spaghetti, Pasta or Pizza Sauce

Recipe by ItalianMama
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
SERVES: 20-25
YIELD: 4 quarts
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 13
  • 1
    large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 5
    fresh garlic cloves, peeled and slightly crushed (may substitute jarred)
  • 1
    (10 ounce) can condensed beef broth (may substitute chicken or vegetable)
  • 34
    cup red wine (may substitute white, or extra broth)
  • 20
    whole fresh tomatoes (exact quantity varies based on size)
  • 2
    (6 ounce) cans tomato paste (may need more depending on thickness desired)
  • herbs, to taste (I recommend basil and oregano, fresh or dried)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • meat (optional)
  • vegetables (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, and cook until onions are slightly soft and golden, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in broth and wine, increase heat to high, and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, wash tomatoes. Cut off tops and any damaged parts. Add whole tomatoes to the pot as you go (reserve extra tomatoes to peel, dice and add later if you want a chunky sauce). Note: when I make this, I add however many tomatoes will fit in my 6-quart pot - you will adjust other ingredients later so the exact quantity doesn't matter.
  • You may add extra uncooked veggies you wish to "hide" in the sauce now. Some ideas - peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, even a little spinach. Be aware that it may slightly alter the color of the sauce - it can make it a little more orangey - but the tomatoes and seasonings will completely mask the flavor as long as you don't go overboard and add too much.
  • When all the tomatoes have been added and the broth is boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for about an hour, and then turn off heat.
  • Ladle sauce into a blender or food processor until about 2/3 full - you will need to work in batches. It will be soupy and very hot, so be careful. Process until smooth (there will still be some seeds visible).
  • Pass sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Use a spoon to scrape the sides of the strainer if it clogs, and press all the liquid out. Discard the seeds and pulp from the peels that are left in the strainer. Carefully return sauce to the pot, and place back on medium-high heat.
  • Add tomato paste until sauce is of desired thickness. Add seasonings to taste. Add any additional ingredients you want - diced tomatoes, browned beef or chicken, mushrooms, etc.
  • Return sauce to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for another 30-60 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. If sauce is too tangy, you can add a little sugar to balance it. It will be done when it tastes just right!
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