Okay… so I know it’s not the season for fresh homegrown tomatoes, but I can’t help myself. I just had to share this, as it is hands down one of the best sauce recipes I have made! It’s easy and despite being a few months from growing season, grocery stores are full of so many different varieties of tomatoes you can use. My favorite tomato to use for this recipe is Campari, followed by Kumato tomatoes, and then vine-ripe tomatoes. I do like to mix different tomatoes… it’s whatever you have in the house.
Take note this recipe does call for parboiling and peeling the tomatoes before cooking the sauce, which is easy. It just takes a few minutes and then voila… before you know it, you are cooking your sauce and the house smells insanely delicious. Here’s to all the smells and tastes you will get from this recipe.
18 – 20 Campari tomatoes, you can even throw in 2 Kumato or vine-ripe tomatoes
1 ounce extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Large handful of basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Place the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water, boil for 1 minute. Remove, let cool slightly, and peel. Or you can place the tomatoes into a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Wait a minute or two and then remove the tomatoes and peel.
Slice your tomatoes horizontally.
Pour 1/2 an ounce (1 tbsp.) of the olive oil into a skillet. I like using my 11″ by 2″ All-Clad French Skillet only because I can squeeze in all those extra tomatoes.
Place your tomatoes, cut side up into the skillet and scrap all the tomato juices off of your cutting board onto the cut tomatoes.
Sprinkle the sugar, salt and black pepper, sliced garlic and basil over the tomatoes. The more garlic and basil the merrier.
Add the remainder of your olive oil around the side of the skillet.
Cook over medium heat for 30 – 40 minutes, you want the sauce to thicken slightly.
Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Add your cooked pasta into the skillet and toss lightly. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Garnish with grated fresh Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy with your favorite pasta. I for one am a bit picky when it comes to pasta. We have found a delightful pasta called Grano Armando, which is imported form Italy. Unfortunately, you can’t buy this pasta in regular grocery stores. We purchase it in Utica, NY, at an Italian delicatessen called Roma Sausages and Deli or check out amazon.com.