Simple, Beautiful Sicilian Tomato Sauce
This method of making tomato sauce from scratch came to me word of mouth from a chef I used to know. It was his Sicilian grandmothers recipe, and it is my staple ever since. It's a very versatile tomato sauce and easily adaptable to whatever you need it for. It freezes very well, so make a large batch.
- olive oil - 1/4 cup
- butter - 1/4 cup (60 g)
- onions - 4 - 6, white, cut into thin rings
- garlic - 2 heads, peeled and sliced as thinly as possible
- Italian tomatoes - 6 28 oz cans
- sugar - 1/3 cup (70 g) you can also use shredded carrots, but they will add an orange hue to the sauce
- tomato paste - 3 tbsp, Italian triple concentrate
- Italian herbs - 4 - 6 tbsp or use only shredded fresh basil
- Melt the butter and the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed sauce pot.
- When all the butter is melted, add the onions and garlic, salt well, and saute over medium heat for about 7 – 8 minutes, until the onion rings begin to lose their shape and soften.
- Add the canned tomatoes (with their juices) and bring to a simmer.
- When at simmering, reduce the heat and maintain a slow simmer for about two hours, stirring frequently.
- Add the sugar, tomato paste and Italian herbs (if using dried herbs add now, if using fresh, add about 10 minutes before blending), stir well, and continue to simmer for about another hour.
- Let the sauce cool a bit, then using a hand-held blender, puree until smooth.