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ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING: Tomato Sauce with Olive Oil and Chopped Vegetables

Serves 6



2 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes OR 2 cups canned imported Italian tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
2/3 cup chopped carrot
2/3 cup chopped celery
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 to 1/2 pounds pasta


Prepare Tomatoes

Blancing Method: Plunge the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute or less. Drain them and, as soon as they are cool enough to handle, skin them, and cut them up in coarse pieces.

Food Mill Method: Wash the tomatoes in cold water, cut them lengthwise in half, and put them in a covered saucepan. Turn on the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Set a food mill fitted with the disk with the largest holes over a bowl. Transfer the tomatoes with any of their juices to the mill and purée.



1. Put either the prepared fresh tomatoes or the canned in a saucepan, add the carrot, celery, onion, and salt, and cook with no cover on the pan at a slow, steady simmer for 30 minutes. Stir from time to time.

2. Add the olive oil, raise the heat slightly to bring to a somewhat stronger simmer, and stir occasionally, while reducing the tomato to as much of a pulp as you can with the back of the spoon. Cook for 15 minutes, then taste and correct for sale.

NOTE: May be frozen when done. Recipe from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.


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