This recipe was born out of necessity. There were a couple of kilos of tomatoes getting overripe on our window sill from the vines outside. I also like to have items that we freeze in easy to use portions.
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Since making this sauce and freezing it in ice cube trays for easy use, we have found loads of uses for it in other recipes, add it to some pulled meat with some herbs and voila – a wonderfully tasty meal over Almond polenta, zucchini pasta or your favourite salad.
This recipe is great for using up overripe tomatoes – there are a few carbs in the final product but unlike commercial versions there is of course no added sugar.
Versatile Tomato Sauce
So get a load of tomatoes, onion, some chilli, garlic, capsicum (bell pepper), some stock or water and salt and away we go…
Here we have one long red chilli, but as with many of my recipes, add more to increase the heat or add a hotter chilli – I am growing habenero’s but i use them very sparingly.
The tomatoes are cut up into fairly big chunks the tomatoes where about the size of plums and I cut them into quarters.
Now, heat some fat or oil in a sauce pan I used lard… because I can..
I used about two tablespoons of lard, which I put in the pan until it melted and was hot
Now add the onions which should have been roughly chopped
Fry these in the fat until they start to go translucent
Then add the garlic
Continue to fry for about 2 minutes
Add the chopped capsicum (bell pepper) and chilli and cook for a further 2 minutes
Now add the tomatoes
Stir all the ingredients
Try and make the ingredients evenly spread
Add two cups of liquid – i used home made lamb stock
Add salt to taste – we use a low sodium Lite-Salt as it is 50% Sodium Chloride and 50% Potassium Chloride and we’ve been trying to increase the potassium in our diet.
Give the mixture another quick stir and put the lid on the sauce pan
Cook on a low heat with the lid on for at least an hour, but it can take up to two hours.
It will be ready when the tomatoes have broken down and all the juices have come out. Now turn up the heat and cook for 15 minutes without the lid on until the volume has reduced by about a third.
Now get a stick blender into the mixture, you can use a blender if you prefer.
The sauce still should be a consistent colour
Next we put this through a sieve to remove the seeds and the bits of skin that remained in the sauce. Then we spooned it into ice cube trays (we got 42 out of this volume). Once they were solid we place them in plastic bags for easy use.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 13 Calories from Fat 9
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. wp-nutrition-label
NB: Net Carbohydrates here are 1g – 0g (fiber) = 1g per serving