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Fresh Tomato Sauce

Use the freshest vine-ripened tomatoes you can find to prepare this simple sauce. Toss it with gnocchi (see related recipe) or your favorite pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lb. ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh basil

Directions:

Place the tomatoes in a tomato press or food mill set over a bowl and pass them through the press or mill. Repeat as needed until all the large pieces of tomatoes are crushed. Set aside.

In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the oregano and stir to combine. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until the sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the basil and cook for 1 minute. Makes about 3 cups.
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