The Larder Diaries: Tomato Basil Sauce

There was a time I wouldn’t think twice about buying a jar of pasta sauce off a shelf.  Of course, after making this, I won’t be entering the canned sauces aisle (Purple Foodie, you’ve revolutionized much of our eating at home). This sauce, quite simply, is great for a multitude of things – pizza base, pasta sauce, dip, to greedily spread over some grilled chicken, or simply eat as it is. It’s just that good.
It also qualifies as an excellent larder keep because it can be used for so many things. You can make it a week ahead and it requires minimum, no fuss ingredients. That’s why, I urge you to go out and buy the freshest ones available. The primary flavors of this sauce are tomatoes and basil (with slight undertones of garlic, obviously) so you really must use fresh tomatoes and basil. I am currently growing my own basil and oregano, which albeit makes life much easier but more on that next week.

Oh and a word about these jars you see
 – they are the ultimate larder companions! You must buy them! They make storing anything much easier and prettier. I found them here (and at a very cheap price too).

    Tomato Basil Sauce
    Yields: Enough to make Pasta for two
    900g tomatoes
    30g basil leaves, chopped
    A few oregano leaves, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    2 green chillies, split in half (or more if you like)
    4 tbsp oil
    3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
    Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large pot, add water and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, cut across (but not too deep) the tomatoes twice to form an X and plonk them into the water. Meanwhile, prepare an iced water bath (essentially some ice and water in a large bowl) to dip them into.
  2. After about 4 – 5 minutes, the skin of the tomatoes should have started peeling slightly. Remove immediately and dip them into the ice water bath. Once the tomatoes are cold enough, peel the skin, core and chop the tomatoes.
  3. In another large saucepan, add oil and the chopped onions till they’re just slightly translucent. Add garlic and chillies and stir to combine.
  4. Add the prepared tomatoes along with seasoning and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.
  5. Taste to adjust seasoning if you like and blend till you get the desired consistency.
  6. Add basil and oregano leaves to garnish and use as you like.

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