Again with the tomatoes…
This time I started with a recipe from Feed Your Family Fast, Healthy Meals on $10 a Day but roughly tripled it. The colander of tomatoes had been staring at me for a couple of days and more appear daily on the plants! I’ll say up front that it came out runny. And very orange. It tastes great but the color is certainly different than store-bought sauces.
The major difference from the previous recipe was more onions and no tomato paste. And the fact that I was cooking three times as much at the same time. Since it’s still simmering on the stove as I type, to try to cook down, I think I’ll go add one or two cans of tomato paste and let it continue simmering. I only put some dried basil in rather than the mixed Italian herbs.
The other major difference was that after I peeled the tomatoes I just put them whole in the pot rather than chopping them. I noted the other day that I lost a lot of juices by chopping them –but perhaps that’s why the earlier recipe wasn’t so runny! After they’d cooked I used my little hand blender so it wouldn’t be so chunky. I like it chunky but the kids are less appreciative and I was hoping to end up with something I could use on pizzas as well as pasta.