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Quick and Easy Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce - Goes with anything and great for freezing too!

This delicious recipe has been generously shared by one of our great cooks, Simone.

Simone's been busy growing all kinds of vegetables in her garden, and here, Simone has made a very easy and quick tomato and basil sauce, using ingredients straight from her garden.

There really is a big difference when you make homemade tomato sauce to store bought sauce. The goodness and flavours are wonderful and such a sauce can be used on all kinds of other dishes, such as pasta, bolognese, meatballs, the sky's the limit! It also freezes very well and so comes in handy for busy families too!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 - 60 minutes approx

Yield: depends what you use it for!

Ingredients

25 - 30 tomatoes
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 onion
some Extra virgin Olive oil for sauteeing
1 green pepper sliced
5-6 leaves of basil
Salt & pepper

I use San Marzano tomatoes, one green pepper and a fresh onion, all grown in my backyard garden. You can use any of your favourite tomatoes!

Instructions

1. Take a large bowlful of the ripest tomatoes (25-30 tomatoes) split them in half and remove any green remnants of the stem. Dip the halved tomatoes in a large pot of boiling water for just one minute to loosen the skins.

2. Pull out of the water and let drain, peel the skins and put it aside.

3. Heat up some olive oil and sauté 2 pieces of minced garlic and one onion bulb.

4. Once the tomatoes are drained take them for a turn in a food mill (or food processor, I prefer the texture of the food mill).
tomato sauce

5. Add the tomatoes to the oil, garlic and onions and bring to a boil.
Add salt and pepper to taste and a sliced green pepper and simmer until absolutely perfect!!

*** As a guide, the longer you simmer the sauce for, the thicker in consistency it will become and also more concentrated in flavour. I would advise you to taste the sauce as you are simmering to see when it is ready for your own liking.

Just before you are ready to serve / use the sauce, add 5-6 leaves of basil once you remove the sauce from the stove, cover up the pan and let the basil wilt.

Quick and Easy Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Servings: 6 - 10
Ingredients
  • 25 - 30 tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 onion
  • some Extra virgin Olive oil for sauteeing
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 5-6 leaves of basil
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Take a large bowlful of the ripest tomatoes (25-30 tomatoes) split them in half and remove any green remnants of the stem. Dip the halved tomatoes in a large pot of boiling water for just one minute to loosen the skins.
  2. Pull out of the water and let drain, peel the skins and put it aside.
  3. Heat up some olive oil and sauté 2 pieces of minced garlic and one onion bulb.
  4. Once the tomatoes are drained take them for a turn in a food mill (or food processor, I prefer the texture of the food mill).
  5. tomato sauce
  6. Add the tomatoes to the oil, garlic and onions and bring to a boil.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and a sliced green pepper and simmer until absolutely perfect!!
Quick and Easy Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce - Goes with anything and great for freezing too!

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