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Recipes: Roasted Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

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w_r_ranch
Colorado County, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2013
7:33 AM

Post #9488408

Wash the tomatoes then cut them in half length-wise and then remove the seeds.

Arrange them in layers in a large roasting pan, skin side down. For each layer, spritz with a decent quality olive oil, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste), 2 tablespoons oregano, 2 tablespoons thyme, (you may substitute Italian herb seasoning), and 1 cup of chopped onions. Depending on the size & variety of your tomatoes, you will get about 5 layers into a roasting pan.

Roast for about 1 hour and 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until skins start to wrinkle

Let them cool a little, then remove and discard the skins (they should just pinch off at this point. Put the tomato meat into an 8 quart pot.

Crush tomatoes using a hand-held mixing stick, until chunky.

Add 1 pound of cooked Italian sausage and 1 cup of wine (red or white).

Adjust your spices to suit your taste (we add about 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper at this point).

Simmer for about 45 minutes and you're ready to eat!!! Two roasting pans will yield about 7 quarts of finished sauce. Enjoy!!!

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w_r_ranch

w_r_ranch
Colorado County, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2013
7:34 AM

Post #9488409

And the finished product...

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Pennzer
Midland, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 19, 2013
9:10 PM

Post #9490289

w r ranch, about how many lbs tomatoes do you use? How do you store and preserve that much sauce? Only 1 lb sausage for all that sauce?? Sounds and looks yummy, and I might be getting a lot of tomatoes from my food co-op.

Anyone here participate in Bountiful Baskets co-op? I just did it for the first time, and I'm pretty well pleased with my freezer full of 28 lbs of blanched fresh asparagus. I am rich in asparagus!

Thanks for the great pix of your tomato sauce. ~ pen
LilyToes
Ouray, CO
(Zone 4a)

April 19, 2013
11:38 PM

Post #9490362

To me, a good timato sauce isn't possible without a hint of sherry and/or red wine, and balsamic vinegar. Those two added ingrediants send you straight into heaven. I also enjoy at least 1 cup of FRESH tarragon and cream. Blend it all up in the blender, and wowza.

Love your recipe!!

This message was edited Apr 20, 2013 12:43 AM

w_r_ranch

w_r_ranch
Colorado County, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2013
8:49 AM

Post #9490716

[quote="Pennzer"]w r ranch, about how many lbs tomatoes do you use? [/quote]

I'm not quite sure, to be honest with you. If I had to guess, I'd say about 20 or so... I simply start by filling 2 roaster pans heaping full & then start. We grow a lot of tomatoes here & give most of them to our older neighbors/friends. Attached is a link for a picture of a typical day's harvest...


[quote="Pennzer"]How do you store and preserve that much sauce? Only 1 lb sausage for all that sauce?? Sounds and looks yummy, and I might be getting a lot of tomatoes from my food co-op.[/quote]

My wife portions it out & then quick freezes it prior to vacuum packing it for long term freezing. It will keep for a couple of years.

We only use a small amount of homemade Italian sausage for 'seasoning'. We can always cook additional sausage, depending on our meal that day.

I'm envious of your asparagus... Getting a bed prepared is on my bucket list of things to accomplish this year!!!

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beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

April 25, 2013
6:58 AM

Post #9496521

I'm envious of the asparagus, too. I would like to make pickled asparagus, but it is very costly around here. I have a small patch, but we eat it the minute it gets tall enough.

Seems like your sauce would make a good pizza sauce, too. Nice recipe. I have done similar just to freeze.
Pennzer
Midland, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9496652

Does anyone participate in the Bountiful Baskets food co-op? I got 28 lbs of thin, young asparagus for $27! Check it out...bountifulbaskets.com. Register and explore the site. It costs nothing unless you actually sign up for a pickup. It is a national, non-profit program--all done by volunteers. ~pen
LilyToes
Ouray, CO
(Zone 4a)

April 26, 2013
7:01 AM

Post #9497783

Hmm,
I checked it out but it was only gift arrangements? Still, nice website.
Pennzer
Midland, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2013
8:37 AM

Post #9497865

Lily, so sorry. I gave you the wrong site. It is...
http://bountifulbaskets.org
~ pen


LilyToes
Ouray, CO
(Zone 4a)

April 26, 2013
12:43 PM

Post #9498116

Awesome! I just signed up.
Thanks for turning us on to this!
Pennzer
Midland, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2013
9:50 PM

Post #9498588

Lily, I've just done this once--got a regular basket and also a special offering of asparagus. They had 25# of Roma tomatoes last week, but I knew I wouldn't have time to put them up. LMK how it goes if you participate.
~ pen
LilyToes
Ouray, CO
(Zone 4a)

April 27, 2013
7:58 AM

Post #9498886

Are the baskets very big? The website doesn't explain too much. It appears that you must 'purchase' the package on Sundays/Mondays only, then pick up Saturdays.
But it doesn't state what sort of size you're looking at for the $15 dollars. Hmm...

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9499267

I think I love this idea a lot. But, because i haven't joined yet, I can't see all of the site. My Oregon city isn't listed yet, but maybe eventually. What a wonderful idea!!
Pennzer
Midland, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2013
8:12 PM

Post #9499382

beebonnet, you might look for towns near you but in a different county. Look on the state list for that county. Go ahead and register--it costs nothing and you will be able to see the whole site. Also, look each week for your county. Ours is not always listed--in fact I went to a town 20 miles away when I participated.

Lily, the 'regular' basket fills one of those round plastic laundry baskets. I shared one with my neighbor, and there was plenty for both of us--but neither of us has family. A regular basket in our county is $20. You can get organic by paying an additional $10. Regarding terminology, you do not order--you subscribe (one week at a time), and you do not pay, you make a contribution. You must bring a container, because they will keep your basket to reuse.

Our basket contained greens, tomatoes, cuckes, carrots, poblano peppers, bananas, little mandarin oranges and very small apples, blackberries, mushrooms--maybe more that I can't remember. Most of it was good, but the greens (Romaine and spinach) was a little wilted. I think one of the bananas was a plantain (cause it never got ripe), and there was also a zucchini.

~ pen

LilyToes
Ouray, CO
(Zone 4a)

April 30, 2013
5:08 PM

Post #9503257

Wow, that's a terrific mix of veggies and fruits! I forgot to sign up this last Sunday-Monday. So I'll have to wait till next week since apparently you can only contribute then.

w_r_ranch

w_r_ranch
Colorado County, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 26, 2013
8:49 AM

Post #9534481

Making another big batch of sauce today as we need to start processing our tomatoes & onions. We will be leaving out the sausage on this batch & just can it instead of freezing it... These will be distributed to our neighbors.

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