So one day I got a little overly paranoid about all the BPA lining the cans of my tomatoes and decided to make tomato sauce from actual tomatoes. You guys, it was so much easier than I expected! It seems complicated and like a lot of steps, but it was actually very little hands-on time! So I thought I’d share with you guys. :)
Start with a bunch of tomatoes. Whole Foods had their tomatoes on sale so I had 7 large tomatoes (approximately 5lbs) just begging to be turned into something saucy!
Wash and core tomatoes. Flip over and lightly carve an X on the bottom of each tomato.
Gently drop tomatoes into boiling water for approximately 90 seconds
Remove tomatoes from boiling water and put into a prepared bowl of ice water
Remove skins from tomatoes. I thought this step would be really difficult, but when I picked the tomatoes up from the ice water, the skins started to just slip right off in my hands!
Pulse tomatoes in blender until all chunks are gone (or leave a few chunks if you like your tomato sauce chunky). At this point you have homemade tomato sauce. You can use it however your recipe calls for it. I wanted to make spaghetti sauce!
Pour all pureed tomatoes into pot and heat to boil over stove. Once tomatoes are bubbling, lower to simmer, add herbs of your choice (I used fresh oregano and fresh basil from my garden) and allow to simmer for 8-10 hours. This could also be done in a slow cooker if you won’t be around all day to keep an eye on it. The longer it simmers, the more it thickens up and turns more red (when you first pour the sauce into the pan it will look almost orange/pink).
Serve over pasta and enjoy!
It was delicious! So fresh and tasty. We also ate it over zucchini “pasta” (shreds of zucchini steamed for a minute) and it was delicious that way too! This one is a winner, my friends!