Super Quick, Easy, Pomodoro Sauce
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Super Quick, Easy, Pomodoro Sauce

This is a basic recipe for authentic Italian Pomodoro sauce. Basic doesn’t mean boring though, oh no! If possible, use the best quality tinned tomatoes you can find and you’ll find yourself with a delicious, versatile tomato sauce. Toss with your favorite pasta or use for pizza, gnocchi and more.

My only reservation with tinned tomatoes are the chopped kind as I tend to find that they are just a little wet and lack the oomph of a tinned plum tomato which holds in all its juiciness. You can easily smoosh them with the back of your wooden spoon but they’re likely to fall apart anyway in something like a slow cooked sauce. Another unwritten rule is you get what you pay for. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with a bottom-shelf budget tin of tomatoes, a more expensive tin will house better quality tomatoes which will give you a more flavourful sauce. 

Super Quick, Easy, Pomodoro Sauce

Super Quick, Easy, Pomodoro Sauce

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Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

This is a basic recipe for authentic Italian Pomodoro sauce. Basic doesn’t mean boring though, oh no! This is a deliciously versatile sauce. Use the highest quality tinned tomatoes you can find if possible.

Ingredients

  • 2400 g tin plum tomatoes, the best quality you can find

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced

  • 1/2 tsp sugar

  • 4 sprigs Basil (stem & leaves)

  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

  • Pulse the tomatoes in a blender till you get a coarse purée or use a food mill to get a smoother, silky purée.
  • Gently heat the oil in a medium saucepan then add the garlic and soften, making sure to stir often.
  • Add the puréed tomatoes, sugar, basil and season generously with salt.
  • Bring to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer till the sauce has reduced – around 15/ 20 minutes should do.
  • Stir through a sprinkling of chilli flakes to turn it into a spicy arrabbiata sauce. Remove the basil stalks.

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