I found this recipe in a cookbook published by a family from my hometown. I have never prepared this recipe. I am posting it in response to a request. I'm sorry that I can't be more exact about how many tomatoes. The original recipe calls for 1/2 bushel and I don't know how many lbs, etc. that would be. I do know that it's 16 Quarts. I don't know how much time is involved in the preparation of this recipe. I think you could brown some ground beef or make some meatballs when you open a jar of this sauce or simply use it as is for a meatless meal. NOTE: After the recipe was reviewed, I looked at the amount of salt called for. I agree that it's probably way too much. I would think that you could probably use 1/4 cup of salt and it would be just fine, so I edited the recipe to reflect this change.