Fresh Tomato Sauce

Fresh Tomato Sauce

fresh tomato sauce 5In May of 2010, I was so fortunate to travel to Italy with my mother and sister, an adventure I will never forget.  We began in Rome, rented a car (a cute little Fiat) and buzzed through the incredible Tuscan countryside, eventually making our way to the Castiglion del Bosco resort.  I can’t say enough about the scenery, the accommodations, and the meals.  But the highlight of the trip (for me) was the cooking class we participated in.  Our mission, to prepare a rustic Italian meal for our lunch.fresh tomato sauce 3The private garden for the resort provided fresh produce and herbs for the preparation of our lunch.  The menu consisted of Tuscan Chicken Stew and Fresh Tomato Sauce with Gnocchi.  Something about creating and enjoying a delicious meal overlooking the Tuscan countryside…….I can’t imagine any place I would rather be! fresh tomato sauce Shown here with gnocchi, this sauce also holds up well served over linguine or angel hair pasta, and I’ve even added meat and used in lasagna. Once cooled, place in freezer bags and store for a cool rainy day.   Tap your heels 3 times and say “I will not buy jar sauce, I will not buy jar sauce, I will not buy jar sauce!”  You will feel so much better for it!!

Fresh Tomato Sauce


10 tomatoes

6-10 cloves of garlic finely chopped

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tablespoon tomato paste

5 Basil leaves torn

Salt and Pepper


  1. In a large pot, bring water to boil
  2. Add ice water to a bowl large enough to hold tomatoes
  3. Cut an x in the bottom of the tomatoes, just deep enough to pierce the skin
  4. Add the tomatoes to boiling water for 1 minute
  5. Remove and plunge into the ice water for 3 minutes
  6. Peel and quarter the tomatoes, remove the seeds, and slice into strips
  7. In a large frying pan, add enough olive oil to cover the bottom
  8. Add chopped garlic and sauté (do not brown)
  9. Add tomatoes, basil and tomato paste
  10. Salt and Pepper to taste
  11. Cook over medium heat until tomatoes are soft

Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil

* You can eliminate steps 1-5 if you just want to start with peeling!  (I’m a peeler)

adapted from the LaCanonica cooking lesson from Chef Davide May 2010

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