Have you ever participated in a co-op for produce? We have several around us that I have participated in and love the concept. You get fruits and veggies at wholesale type pricing. You never know what you will get and that is the best part. It forces me to use fruits and veggies that I normally wouldn’t always buy in the grocery store. Ours also has options for adding more specific fruits and veggies which is how I stock my freezer with produce to use throughout the year. The box I got this week had lots of tomatoes. My sister also got a box and since she is allergic to tomatoes I got hers as well. So what is a girl to do with all of those tomatoes? Make Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce of course.
This is an easy recipe and the hardest part is chopping veggies and being patient while it cooks.
You will want to start by chopping two medium onions and get them cooking down in some olive oil. When the onions start to brown just a tad, add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, and dried herbs. The tomato paste is my secret ingredient that helps to bring that punch of tomato flavor when maybe your tomatoes are off season a bit. This mixture will cook for about 45 minutes. You want the tomatoes to break down the tomato skin and meld the divine simple flavors together.
After the tomato sauce has cooked down you can do one of two things: leave it large chunky and spoon over your favorite piece of fish or pasta (in this case you will then just stir in the fresh basil to the sauce) or you can place the sauce in the food processor along the with basil to make a smoother sauce. The food processor will still make the sauce slightly chunky, but will meld the ingredients more. I prefer it this way so that the sauce is more of a pesto tomato sauce.
Since my kids won’t really eat tomato sauce this recipe was enough for two meals for my husband and me so I froze half for another week.
Pin this recipe for anytime you go tomato crazy at the store or from your co-op. This sauce is fresh, beautiful, and delicious. A perfect blend between tomato sauce and pesto.