You are going to love this basic tomato sauce for pasta. It can be used right away or look at the bottom of this recipe for storage possibilities.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total cook time: 20 minutes
3 lbs large ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup freshly chopped mixed oregano, parsley and basil
1 lb your favorite pasta
MARK A SMALL CROSS on the top of each tomato. Place tomatoes in boiling water for 1-2 minutes; plunge into cold water. Remove; peel skin down from cross. Discard skin; roughly chop tomatoes.
Heat oil in heavy-based pan. Add garlic and onion; cook 5 minutes over low heat. Add tomatoes and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to boil; cook 2 minutes.
Place mixture in a food processor and process briefly until sauce reaches desired consistency. Add herbs and stir to combine. While sauce is cooking, add pasta to a large pan of rapidly boiling water and cook until just tender. Drain and return to pan. Add sauce to pastal toss well.
Storage time: Sauce may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.