How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce
Making a tomato sauce at home is simple but you need to follow certain rules and regulations to make a delicious paste which will ultimately be a great addition to various dishes.
Tomato sauces prepared by large companies contains all sorts of preservatives, colouring and thickening agents which are not good for health. These ingredients are necessary to give the product a longer shelf life and consistency, but deprive the user of all the nutrition. Sauce cooked with your own hands, on the other hand, will be much tastier and healthier beyond any shadow of the doubt.
Another good thing about the home cooked sauce is that the flavour can be customised as per your taste preferences. Some people like to cook it with an increasing amount of hot peppers while other prefer to use more sugar in the preparation. There are also options to add garlic to the tomato sauce, thus giving it a unique flavour.
Flavoured sauce based on tomato paste will be a great addition, especially to meat and fish dishes. The ingredient which are required for its preparation are normally available off the shelf and the cooking process is also quite simple.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Total time: 1 hr
Yields: 4 persons
Utensils: Blender, cooking pan, knife, stove
Tomatoes: 5 large ones
Salt: 50 gm
Bacon: 50 gm
Onion: 200 gm
Black pepper: 50 gm
Garlic: according to taste
Lemon juice: ½ cup
Olive oil: ½ cup
Recipe no 1
You will need ripe tomatoes without damage. Wash them, cut into large pieces and pass them through a blender. Put the resulting mash in a saucepan and cook over low heat until the volume of the mass is reduced by half. Set the pan aside from the heat when you see that it is well boiled and let it cool for about 30 minutes.
Recipe no 2
Try to cook tomato sauce with bacon, which gives a good taste especially with pasta. Finely chop the bacon and fry it in a deep frying pan. Finely chop onions, put them to the lard and fry until they turn golden brown. Scald tomatoes in boiling water, remove the peel and seeds and finely chop the flesh.
Chop the parsley and place it in the pan along with the tomatoes. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour them into a pan of hot water and cook the tomato mixture over low heat for about an hour. Now blend them for the sauce, after removing the outer skin.
Recipe no 4
Put the tomatoes in a deep frying pan with hot olive oil and add mashed garlic, hot pepper, a little lemon juice and fresh herbs. Stir and leave to simmer over moderate heat until the volume of liquid is reduced by half. When the sauce takes a finished shape, add a tablespoon of flour and stir thoroughly. This process will make it thick.