I’m a sale shopper. I love getting a good deal, and my closet can attest to this. I especially love when I go to my local farm market and find large amounts of produce on sale because it’s not as pretty, or about to go bad (not bad yet, just about to be). I’m saving money and the environment at the same time! I’m like a superhero.
Yesterday I found a giant box of tomatoes at my market for $3. So I took them home and made the easiest batch of sauce I could, because while I wanted to save these tomatoes, a long night of canning was not what I had in mind (although I am planning to tackle that later in the season, with the market’s $5 tomato bushels).
So if you see some sad tomatoes, take them home and make this sauce. My large box (10 pounds?) made about a liter and a half. I’m freezing some, and keeping the rest in the fridge. It also would make a lovely hostess gift, much more special than a bottle of wine.
Easy-Peasy Tomato Sauce
This recipe doesn’t have proportions, because it’s all about what you’re able to pick, or pickup from the store. Adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Small amount of cooking oil
Italian herbs (any combo you like, I have a homemade blend that I keep on my spice rack, with oregano, thyme, basil, chives, and rosemary)
1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat, just enough to cover the bottom. Add halved onions and whole garlic cloves (about 1 onion and garlic clove per 2lbs of tomatoes)
2. Cut the tops off the tomatoes, and slice in half. Add them to the pot. Add salt and herbs to taste.
3. Simmer the tomatoes uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 4 hours. The tomatoes and onions will break down on their own, and the sauce will reduce and thicken. If you want a smoother sauce, just pop an immersion blender in at the end. And that’s it! Store in a sealed container. I used an old barbeque sauce bottle, above.