Monday, August 15, 2011

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Original Recipe from my friend Maaret @ OK Just A Sliver

8 medium vine tomatoes
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1-2 TBS fresh minced garlic
3 TBS minced FRESH basil (or 1 TBS dried)
1 vegetable or chicken bullion cube
1 1/2 TBS sugar (or 1 tsp white stevia powder)
1 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp ground pepper

Boil tomatoes in salt water until the skins break and begin to peel. Remove from water and drain. Cool slightly and peel skins completely off- Be careful, they will be HOT. Discard skins. Chop tomatoes and put in a medium saucepan. They will be VERY juicy- try to keep all the juice! Add spices, bullion cube, sugar, garlic, & oil. Simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes or until it is reduced by half. *I usually get my sauce started first and put my pasta water on to boil when my sauce begins to simmer.* You can leave the sauce chunky or you can puree it. It will be very light and a bit watery. Toss with hot pasta (or whatever else you like) and enjoy immediately. Top with fresh grated Parmesan or asiago cheese.

My family loved it! We'll definitely be making it again!


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