One of the items that can always be found in my freezer is home-made tomato sauce. I use a very simple recipe that doesn't take a long time to make and the result is a tasty tomato sauce that can form the basis of a lot of different recipes:
- Fresh tomatoes - skin removed
- olive oil
- Star Anise - optional
- Fresh Basil
Remove the skins by dropping the tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds. Cut the tomatoes in half and place in a heavy bottomed frying pan. Cook on a medium heat with a lid on for around 15 minutes. Check from time to time they are not sticking. Turn the tomatoes over and repeat. Whe the tomatoes are soft, take a potato masher and break the tomatoes up to your desired consistency.
Meanwhile, Mince as much garlic as you like and heat around 2 tablespoons of good quality Olive oil in another pan, when hot add the garlic and star anise (if used) and sauté for a few seconds, don't let the garlic burn. Add the oil, garlic and star anise to the tomatoes and add lots to shredded fresh basil. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Let it cool and you can freeze it in what ever quantities you need.
Now you have the basic sauce, you can add what ever you wish, such as mince, to make a Bolognaise, of add it to your chili instead of tinned sauce. You can even use it on it's own.
To make it a little richer, add diced carrots and celery and a good quantity of passata.