Recipe: Simple Tomato Sauce for the Freezer

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I make this rich tomato sauce recipe once or twice a month to stock up my freezer. It is a huge bonus, once it’s done, when Sandy or I are short of time for cooking dinner, because it brings a quick and easy depth of flavour to any dish where you’d usually use a tin of tomatoes or some passata. It has extra nutritional value too, which is always a good thing in my house, where for some people, vegetables are a source of fear and loathing.

We store the finished sauce in 500ml plastic clip-top containers, which is just the right amount for a meal of spicy sausage stew, or to add to a lovely veggie chilli or curry, as a base for a rich ragu sauce for pasta or the main ingredient in minestrone or tomato (of course!) soup.

Rich Tomato Sauce for the Freezer

  • Servings: makes 4-5 500ml containers-full
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bottle passata
  • 500ml chicken stock (optional)

Method

  • Chop the onion, carrots and celery. Sautee gently in olive oil for 10 minutes until softened but not coloured.
  • Chop the garlic finely and add to the veggies in the pan, fry  for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and passata and the stock. If you aren’t using the stock, you don’t need to add any extra liquid, just simmer it for a slightly shorter period.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil, then turn down the heat to low and simmer for around 90 minutes,  until you have a rich thick sauce. Stir now and again to stop the  mixture  sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Blend with a  stick blender or in batches in a jug  blender. Cool in the fridge, and then freeze for future use.

Can’t get much simpler than that! Hope you find it useful.

 

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