Tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes is an easy and tasty pasta sauce, made with cluster tomatoes or San Marzano.
Choose very fresh tomatoes, red ripe but firm and free of spots. With them we’ll make a tomato passata which we’ll cook with a delicious soffritto, herbs and spices.
Tomato Sauce Recipe (with Fresh Tomatoes)
- 1 Kg (2lbs 2oz) of very ripe red tomatoes (San Marzano or cluster tomatoes)
- 2 or 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion or shallot
- 1 garlic clove
- 5/6 fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- a pinch of fine salt
Step 1) – First thing first wash the tomatoes under running water. Then place them in a bowl and start cutting in half.
Step 2) – With a knife, remove the seeds and all the internal part of the tomato, as to make small tomato boats. Now place them in a pot and cook over low heat, covered with a lid. Stir from time to time and cook for about 20 minutes.
Step 3) – When the tomatoes are cooked, smash them with a food mill in order to completely remove the tomato skin. Food mills usually include 3 grinding discs for preparing foods of fine, medium and coarse textures. Now, it depends on your tastes, so choose which type of consistency you like for your tomato sauce and smash them accordingly. Anyway, we chose the disc with the largest holes.
For now you have made only what we in Italy call the tomato passata. Now let’s start cooking the tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes.
Step 4) – Now let’s make the soffritto. Finely chop the onion (or shallot). In a saucepan, sautè the garlic clove (whole and without peel) and the onion in extra virgin olive oil over low heat for 2/3 minutes.
Step 5) – Add the tomato passata. Stir and season with salt to taste and 1 teaspoon of sugar, which is necessary to lower the acidity of the tomatoes. Cover with a glass lid (it retains heat and moisture; you can easily follow the cooking and gradually add seasonings, spices or water if necessary) and let it cook for 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, making sure that the sauce does not burn. If necessary, reduce the heat to low.
Step 6) – When the tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes is ready, with the heat off, add the basil leaves and, if you like, even a little oregano. Use this basic tomato sauce recipe for seasoning pasta or in addition to the ingredients of your special recipes.
How to Preserve Fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce
You can keep fresh tomato sauce in glass containers (jars or special glass food containers), placed in the refrigerator for 2/3 days, in the freezer for up to a month.
Tomato sauce can be safely frozen. To freeze it you can use glass jars (taking care not to fill them completely) or the special food containers. When you want to defrost it, take it out of the refrigerator and put it in the fridge for a few hours, so that the thermal shock does not break the glass (especially glass jars during the summer). Then defrost it completely at room temperature or in the microwave.