There are plenty of recipes on tomato sauce out there, but here is a simple and flavorful one that anyone can make it at home. This sauce is quite versatile too; it can be used as the pizza sauce or the base of Marinara sauce. I actually use it with Mexican rice.
When I first saw this recipe, I was unimpressed. My preconception of flavorful tomato sauces involves a lot more ingredients than what this one called for, but the result proved me wrong. The natural aroma of tomato is slowly brought out by baking, and the sugar seeps from the tomato gives the sauce more robust flavor.
- 4-5 roma tomatoes, washed and halved
- 1 bulb of garlic, keep it whole, but remove excess thin papery cover, and most of the tough stem.
- some olive oil for garlic and the sauce.
- 5 leaves of basil
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Wash and halve the roma tomatoes. Place them on a foil lined boiler pan. Set it aside.
- Take a piece of foil and fold it into a bowl shape so the garlic can be wrapped. Before sealing the envelope, drizzle extra virgin olive oil and pepper the garlic. Seal the envelop well, and put it inside of the boiler pan right next to tomatoes.
- Bake both garlic and tomatoes for about an hour, or until the sugar seeps out. (You will see the charred sugar on the foil).
- Carefully remove the tomatoes from the pan and transfer them to a blender or food processor. Slowly open the garlic envelope and remove the skin from the cloves. Garlic should be nice and tender by now, so you can just squeeze the cloves out of their skin. Put the cloves with the tomato
- Put a dash of olive oil, as well as the washed basil, blend it well.
Voila! Here is your simple homemade tomato sauce.
The recipe for pizza dough will ensue shortly.
PS. Han, I am so sorry that this entry takes me so long!