Salsa Rapida Di Pomodoro
Quick Tomato Sauce
This tomato sauce can be made with either ripe, fresh tomatoes
or canned San Marzano tomatoes. The brief simmering time makes
this sauce remain light and satisfying, tasting as if you just
harvested tomatoes from your garden ~ especially appreciated
during the winter doldrums! Blending so well with herbs and other
flavorings, it is equally delectable served with fish, shellfish,
chicken and pasta. Enjoy…
Makes about 2 cups
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive, sunflower or canola oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- Minced garlic, optional
- 6 cups peeled, seeded, well-drained plum or San Marzano tomatoes*
- Fresh herbs, such as oregano, basil, sage or rosemary, optional
- Pinch of fresh lemon zest, finely chopped or thin julienne, optional
- Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and
saute for 2-3 minutes or until translucent, but do not brown. (According
to an individual recipe, add the garlic now. Saute for seconds, just until
fragrant then proceed with the next step.)
2. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat
to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, usually
30-35 minutes for canned tomatoes and 40-45 minutes for fresh tomatoes.
(About 5 minutes before the sauce is finished, stir in the fresh herbs
and/or lemon zest to taste, any that appeal to you or according to an individual
recipe, then finish thickening the sauce.) Season to taste. Use immediately
or cool, cover, refrigerate or freeze.
Mary Beth’s Chef Tip
Use 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes or 2 28-ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes, drained. Plum tomatoes and San Marzanos, a type of plum tomato conveniently found canned in many grocery stores, are ideal for making tomato sauces. Possessing a greater proportion of pulp to seeds and juice than many other varieties, they cook quickly producing a sauce with the right amount of sweetness to acidity and blend beautifully with so many flavors.
Try finishing this sauce with fresh basil, rosemary and a pinch of lemon zest the next time you need a tomato-based sauce for fish. So simple yet so special in flavor, it will become a favorite in your kitchen.