Growing up in the Philippines, tomato sauce meant going to the grocery store and buying a can of Hunt’s or Del Monte Tomato Sauce. So I met this girl, Emily, at the gym and she gave me this recipe that her mother uses. After working out today, we went to the Farmer’s Market on Sunset and Ivar. I got some basil, a dollar a bunch, and some heirloom tomatoes. We got 5 pounds of seconds for a $1 a pound.
Slice the tomatoes and take the leaves off the tops.
Sauté in olive oil at the bottom of the pot.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste. Add a little bit of sugar.
Sauté in medium heat for about five minutes.
Meanwhile, sauté minced onion in another pan.
Pour in some chicken or vegetable stock.
Add smashed garlic and the sautéed minced onion.
Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Take off the cover and simmer until the liquid evaporates to the volume you want.
Add the basil and other spices (thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary) 15 minutes before taking off the heat.
If it is not tomatoey enough, add tomato paste by the tablespoon until it’s intense enough.
Take off the heat.
I am so excited. Let’s see how this turns out.
(2 hours later)
I ended up not straining it since i used a hand blender.
Oh my gosh… This is sooo yummy!!!