Pear Tomato Meatless Sauce ( you can use regular tomatoes
In a 2-3
quart pot, heat 1/8 cup of olive oil on high then
put in the following ingredients and reduce heat to
pepper diced fine
1 medium white or yellow onion diced fine
2 carrots diced fine
2 stalks of celery diced fine
3 cloves of crush garlic
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes Directions
Sauté until a little translucent ( about 15-20
minutes). Then add, crushed from your hands in a bowl
first, 2-12 ounce cans of peeled Italian pear tomatoes
(regular tomatoes will do)reserving juice, straining
it to catch any seeds and stir in 1 can of 6-8 oz..
Of tomato paste.
Puree. Hey, look out, we have it going!
Add: 1/8 cup chopped basil
1 tsp. oregano (some people don't use this in their
2 tsp. thyme
a small pinch of sage
1 tsp. nutmeg (secret)
3 tbs.. Sugar
2 tbs.. Salt
2 tbs.. Pepper
tomato juice to thin this out, a little, not too much.
Bring the heat up to high, until semi-boiling. Then
reduce, cover and simmer for about an hour. Then add
1/2 cup of red wine and simmer for another 15 minutes.
Taste this and see if this is up to your standards.
If not, you may want to readjust to your taste with
a little pinch of salt and pepper, or really any of
the ingredient's from above. But be careful though,
never add not too much of one thing! When cooking,
you never want to add too much of this or that because,
all the ingredient's have to taste and come together
as one. Not one item over powers the other. If you
really want to be a little daring, drop a few (2 or
3) anchovies in with the olive oil before sautéing
vegetables! They will disintegrate and become part
of the dish. And everyone will say, " oh my God,
this is really good and there is a flavor in there
I can't put my finger on!" And if they knew you
put a couple of anchovies in there, they probably
wouldn't believe it and definitely not put their fingers
on them (I LOVE THEM)! Again, the secret to anything
you are cooking is not letting one thing over power
another. I can't stress this enough.
in a container in your refrigerator for use in the
recipes I will give you throughout the week,or store,
in portions in containers, and put them in the freezer,
or go ahead and boil some pasta and just add some
sauce, chopped fresh parsley and some grated cheese
if you have your family coming home from work and/or
play, be sure to move anything that might be in their
pathway to the kitchen. You don't want anyone to hurt
themselves when they get disoriented! They may fall
over something because their noses will be in the
air following that troppo romantico aroma. You will
dizzy their first step they take inside your home
with aromas that have permeated Italian homes for
centuries! They might even begin to sing Oh Sole Mio!!
Ya never know, Mama Mia!!!