Tomato sauce is a staple food that can be made a little easier with the use of technology. If you haven’t already jumped aboard the immersion blender train, it’s time. This indispensable tool is as versatile as it is effective, and has made my life not only easier but more delicious.
Homemade tomato sauce is one of those items that is so easy to make once you know how, but that many people don’t ever learn how to make properly or easily. There is a time and a place for packaged sauces, but when it’s so easy to make your own sauce, why not make it yourself?
3 tomatoes (or 15 cherry tomatoes)
Garlic (crushed or sliced)
Herbs (whatever you have available, such as thyme, tarragon, basil, etc…)
The first step is to get some water boiling. This will be used to boil the tomatoes, and will come in handy if you are making the sauce for pasta that needs to be boiled later on.
While the water is boiling, you’ll want to get a frying pan ready on a separate burner. In the frying pan, start to sauté the garlic and the onions in the olive oil on medium heat. After about 5 minutes, add the herbs if you are using any, and lower the heat.
Once the water is boiling, add the tomatoes. Leave them in until you can see the skin splitting (~5 minutes), and then scoop them out. Once they are out of the water, peel off the skin as best you can without burning your fingers, and add them to the sauté pan. Once they are in the sauté pan, smash them, using whatever available tool you have, such as a potato ricer or a fork. Allow this to simmer on low heat for 15-60 minutes (depending on how thick you like your tomato sauce), stirring occasionally.
If you prefer your sauce to be chunkier with visible tomatoes in it, you can stop at this point. However, if you prefer a more uniform sauce, continue on to the next step, which is where the immersion blender comes into play.
Funnily enough, the immersion blender needs to be “immersed” in whatever you are blending. In most cases, this recipe won’t be thick enough to blend while it’s still in the original pan. So, when you are ready to move forward, pour your sauce into a cup like container, so that the immersion blender blades will be submerged. At this point, you will be ready to use the immersion blender to create a well-blended sauce.
Toss with the pasta, and serve…delicious!