Ultimate tomato sauce recipe

By Lizzie Kamenetzky

  1. Makes about 3.5 litres; enough for 3 dishes, each serving 4
  2. Takes about 1½ hours to make
  3. Rating

Autumn sees a glut of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Use them to make this rich, flavoursome sauce that can be the base of three great dishes to fill your freezer: Pasta quattro stagioni; Sausage and bean casserole; and Spanish cod and chorizo stew.

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Ultimate tomato sauce

Ingredients

  1. 5kg ripe vine tomatoes, halved
  2. 250ml olive oil, plus 8 tbsp for drizzling
  3. 6 shallots, finely sliced
  4. Head of garlic, cloves separated and finely sliced
  5. 2 red chillies, halved and deseeded
  6. 4 tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  7. 4 tsp caster sugar

Method

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Place the tomatoes in 2 or 3 large roasting tins and drizzle with 8 tbsp of olive oil. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and roast for 30-40 minutes until really softened.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, gently heat 250ml olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the shallots, garlic and chillies and fry over a very low heat for 10 minutes until softened. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to infuse for 10 minutes. Sieve the oil into a jug and discard the solids.
  3. 3. Pour the infused oil into a large saucepan and set over a medium heat. Crush the tomatoes with the back of a fork and add to the oil. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, then add the vinegar and caster sugar and simmer for a further 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have a thick, rich sauce. Check the seasoning and remove from the heat.
  4. 4. Divide the Ultimate tomato sauce into 3 equal portions and once cooled, use to make the following 3 dishes for the freezer. Alternatively, freeze the tomato sauce in 3 portions to make the following 3 dishes at a later date.

Chef's tip

The garlic, onion and chillies are left to infuse in the oil, then discarded. If the solids are left in the sauce when frozen, the flavours intensify, resulting in an overly strong flavour. Autumn sees a glut of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Use them to make this rich, flavoursome sauce that can be the base of three great dishes to fill your freezer: Autumn sees a glut of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Use them to make this rich, flavoursome sauce that can be the base of three great dishes to fill your freezer: Pasta Quattro stagioni; Sausage and bean casserole; and Spanish cod and chorizo stew.

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