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Many Uses for Tomato Based Sauce

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 22 Jun 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Tomato Tomato Sauce Recipe Garlic Onions

A good tomato based sauce recipe is handy to know as it can be used for so many different recipes.

If you use a tomato based sauce that can be frozen you will always have the basis of a family meal at hand when you need to cook.

Fresh or Frozen

Many people swear by fresh tomatoes and go to great lengths to purchase fresh tomatoes, peel and pulp them but these days even chefs on television tell us to use the canned varieties so the choice is yours. When using canned tomatoes try to use the ‘plum tomato’ variety as these are juicy and full of flavour.

If you grow your own and have a glut of tomatoes as often happens why not make up a batch of tomatoes sauce and freeze it down ready for use in the future?

Fresh

If using fresh tomatoes put them into a bowl and pour over boiling water, this will cause the skins to curl back and they can be peeled with ease.

Basic Recipe

  • Olive oil, two tablespoons
  • Two large onions, peeled and chopped
  • Two chopped garlic cloves
  • Canned or fresh tomatoes roughly chopped
  • Mixed herbs of your choice
  • Tomato paste to thicken
  • Salt and pepper to season
To prepare

Heat the oil and add the onions. Cook until soft but not brown.

Add the garlic and any other seasonings required.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook gently until soft.

Add tomato paste to thicken if required.

Leave to cool slightly before whizzing in a blender or hand held blender to a smooth sauce.

Cool and freeze in bags.

Quantities

Freeze in different sized portions as sometimes you may only need a little for a recipe and other times it will be the main part of the meal.

Pasta Base

The sauce can be used as a base to pasta dishes. Add to cooked minced beef, chopped chicken or cooked vegetables and serve with a past of your choice.

Shepherds Pie

Add the sauce to cooked minced beef or lamb, onions, carrots and mushrooms before topping with a tasty mashed potato and grilling for a family shepherd’s pie.

Pizza

Several spoonfuls of the tomato based sauce can be the basis of the toppings for a family sized pizza.

Chilli

Add to kidney beans, minced beef and a teaspoon or two of chilli powder for an instant chilli con carne. Remember you can replace the kidney beans with a can of baked beans if you are not a fan of kidney beans.

Stews

A few tablespoons of the basic tomato sauce in a stew will add extra flavour and create a base for a tasty stew.

Curry

Use as a base for your curries adding vegetables and meats of your choice. Remember that if children are eating the curry do not make it over hot – or make two batches for adults and for children.

Chips

Add a spoonful of sugar or sweetener to the basic tomato sauce and bottle ready to go with your homemade fish and chips.

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