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Basic Tomato Sauce – Part 1: Making The Simple Sauce

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Ingredients
  Unsalted butter 1⁄4 Pound (Whole)
  Shallots 1⁄2 Pound, roughly chopped
  Fine table salt/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Canned roma tomatoes 140 Ounce (4 Cans, 35 Ounce Each)
Directions

1. Heat the butter in a large stock pot until the foam subsides but without coloring it, then add the shallots and salt.

2. Sweat (do not brown or caramelize) the shallots over moderate heat.

3. When the shallots become soft and translucent, turn off the heat, add the tinned Romas, stir the pot, crush them with your hand, bring the mixture to a bare simmer, and cook it very gently for five minutes only.

4. After five minutes۪ simmering, pur̩e it with a stick blender, taking care not to create a whirlpool, or pur̩e it in batches in a food processor. Never use a bench blender; it will incorporate too much air, making the sauce frothy and giving it an unfortunate pink color.

5. Correct the seasoning, portion it in zip top bags, and freeze. Count on a half-cup of sauce per adult serving. Rather than labeling each bag, you can keep them in a labeled plastic container which can be stacked conveniently among others containing frozen liquid ingredients such as stocks and broths.

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Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Sauce
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
24
Want to make a sauce that goes well with almost every dish? Try Basic Tomato Sauce. This sauce is very simple to cook and easy to prepare. Make it in a big batch and preserve for future use.

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