This was a bad year for my tomatoes but, my mother’s crop was in abundance, so she was kind enough to bring me 10 lbs of frozen whole tomatoes. It took me a month to get around to making sauce but finally got motivated. I like to cram as much veggies in my sauce as to sneak more veggies into the boys diet. my sauce tends to be more herby in flavor than traditional tomato sauce, but is a great carrier for meat sauces, additional veggies, chilies, pasta dishes etc.
Garden Tomato Sauce
10 lb Tomatoes
20 pc garlic cloves, peeled
2 yellow onion, peeled and rough chopped
4 pc carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 bu. celery, chopped
3 Tbl. fresh herbs, chopped (rosemary, thyme and sage)
1 lb greens, washed and chopped ( I used chard)
4 apples, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 cup red wine (I used syrah)
1 tsp. dried oregano and basil
salt and pepper to taste
Note: Tomatoes: The tomatoes I had used were Roma. They had been frozen and it made quick work of peeling them for the sauce. If you freeze the tomatoes and then either defrost them and peel or run the frozen tomato under warm water while rubbing the skin it will come off easily.
Every ingredient is ground up in a food processor. If a food processor isn’t available the onions, carrots, celery and garlic can be minced finely by hand.The tomatoes, greens and apple can be done in a blender or by hand as well.
The recipe makes about a gallon or so of a thick rich sauce. Freezes and cans well.
In processor grind up garlic, onions, carrots and celery in batches. (can add herbs and grind rather than chop as well).
In a large pot heat up oil over medium heat. Add ground up vegetables and cook stirring often. Meanwhile puree tomatoes with greens and apple and set aside.
Once vegetables are looking limp and translucent, add wine and dried herbs and simmer until wine is reduced by half.
Add tomatoes puree with greens and apples. stir well. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover and simmer stirring occasionally for one hour.
Taste and season with salt and pepper. Dependent on the tomatoes you may wish to sweeten with a touch of sugar. Generally the apples add enough natural sugars to the sauce.