Sunday, August 29, 2004

SAUCE!!!! for pasta!

Here is my made up, on the spot version of tomato sauce

5-8 vine ripe tomatoes

1 6-8oz can of tomato paste

Red pepper 1 large or 2 small roasted

2-5 red chilies (how hot you want) ½ roasted ½ raw

1 medium white onion (diced)

1 small bunch fresh basil or 4 tsp. Of dried... use fresh if at all possible

2 tsp. Dried oregano

kosher salt (at least 2 heavy pinches) and then too taste

1-2 tsp. Sugar.. to cut acidity.. to taste..

¼ cup of olive oil

Sweat the onions, raw chilies, with olive oil and 1 pinch of salt... chop the tomatoes to pulp... turns to very pulpy juice. This is the therapy part.. beat the tomatoes!! Roast the chilies and peppers with the range... gas or electric, jut burn the hell out of them. Steam them in a covered bowl, for about 10 minutes. Then take the skin and most the char off, a little char is good.. then seed and chop finely. Add to pot, add tomatoes, oregano, and 1 pinch of salt. Bring to boil, add tomato paste, basil, and simmer for 1 hour. Salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste... if tart or to spicy add sugar. Very lightly... for balance...If you want add meat... ground turkey actually tastes best... but beef or pork work well too.


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