I bought a big box of tomatoes in the Bristol Sweet Mart in St Mark’s Rd for an unbelievable £1.99, which is such a bargain. I wanted to make a big pot of a simple tomato and onion sauce base.
So, I heated some olive oil in a large pot and added two finely chopped onions and cooked them until they were softened. Then I added the tomatoes, which were just cut in half, or quarters for the larger ones and two tablesppons of salt. This was brought to a simmer and cooked down for about an hour, so that the liquid had reduced a bit.
Then I liquidised the whole thing with a stick blender. The resultant sauce is reasonably smooth but not too thick. By the time I had finished, there was about 4 litres of sauce.
This sauce base can be used for a variety of dishes because it hasn’t been given any flavourings or seasonings that might make it more suitable for one particular cuisine. It works for Italian food, Indian dishes, chilli con carne and anything else that needs some tomato colour and flavour.
I used some of it to make a nice simple Italian supper with Italian pork and fennel sausages, basil, chilli, garlic and pasta.
The rest of the sauce is now in the fridge in plastic boxes. I will freeze most of it and use the rest this week for a number of different things.