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    Fresh Tomato Sauce

    Fresh Tomato Sauce. Photo by Rita~

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    1 hr 15 mins

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    HeatherFeather's Note:

    A recipe from my Great Aunt's collection. This is one she clipped out of the paper, probably the Chicago Tribune. This contains some unusual ingredients - in particular saffron and ground coriander, and the recipe also calls for steeping a bundle of herbs in the sauce as it cooks. If saffron is too costly, you can substitute dried safflower or just leave it out. Makes 3 cups sauce.

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    Serves: 8


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    1. 1
      Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepan until tender.
    2. 2
      Stir in flour until smooth.
    3. 3
      Add tomatoes.
    4. 4
      Wrap thyme, parsley, bay leaf, and orange rind in cheesecloth, tie, and add to the pot.
    5. 5
      Add all remaining ingredients.
    6. 6
      Heat sauce to a simmer, then drop on the lid and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    7. 7
      Remove lid and simmer another 25-30 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
    8. 8
      Remove the herb bouquet and chill sauce overnight (or freeze for later).
    9. 9
      Heat again before serving over hot cooked pasta or meats.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 22, 2008


      Almost... incredible! Easy 'n' tasty!

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    • on August 18, 2005


      I liked the flavors in this recipe. I didn't use the saffron because I didn't have any. I threw all the herbs into the sauce (no cheeseclosth available) and pulled out the thyme and orange rind when it was finished. Like Rita I cooked the tomatoes with the skin and seeds, put them through my food processer and then a quick whirl through the food mill to get out the extra seeds. Its still quicker than spending time peeling the tomaotes. I got about 1 quart of sauce, but I used Roma tomatoes which don't contain as much water as other varieties.

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    • on August 06, 2004


      I enjoyed this fresh out of the garden sauce. Tomatoes and herbs were all fresh. The orange rind I didn`t have so I used lemon. The saffron got lost in the sauce you can save you money and skip it. I grow my own saffron so it was really no hole in my pocket. The herbs I chopped and added right to the sauce. The tomatoes I use skin, seeds and all just blended before added to the pot. The texture was great. I simmered for 1 hour if not more. I also served the same day as making I couldn`t wait. Very good. This would be a great sauce for seafood.

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    Nutritional Facts for Fresh Tomato Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (183 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 71.8
    Calories from Fat 33
    Total Fat 3.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 154.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 4.7 g
    Protein 1.8 g

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    orange rind

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