homemade organic heirloom tomato sauce…

30 Aug

Look how lovely!  This pile of heirloom tomatoes makes me so happy just to look at!  From Flame, Red Zebra, Pink Thai Egg and a bunch of other varieties I don’t know, each one tastes different from the other.  The bright orange and yellow ones are sweet juicy and tangy while the darker ones with brown tones are more savoury and meaty.

I had already made a tomato salad out of some of the tomatoes and decided that a tomato sauce has to be amazing with these perfect tomatoes.  With a few added ingredients like garlic and peppers, this tomato sauce just screams healthy and delicious!

Here’s the recipe!

What you need!
A big variety of tomatoes!  Most of the ones shown above are small to medium but I would estimate it was about 8 cups of chopped tomatoes
1 pepper (mine was purple!)
2 banana peppers
2 sweet banana peppers
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 walla walla onion
4 cloves of purple garlic
sea salt
coarse black pepper
olive oil

What to do!

1. Chop your onion and peel your garlic, in a large pot on medium heat, sautee the onions and garlic until slightly browned

2.  Thinly slice all your peppers making sure to remove the ribs and seeds.  Add it into your pot.  Fun fact!  Purple peppers turn green when you cook them!

3.  Add your tomatoes in and turn up the heat to high until it starts bubbling.  Turn down the heat to a simmer and leave the lid off so some of the liquid can evaporate.  Add in the bay leaves and oregano with a sprinkle of sea salt.  Let this cook for as long as it takes to reduce to a nice thick sauce!

4.  I decided to cook up some italian sausage on the side as an addition to the dish.  I didn’t add them into the sauce because I wanted the sauce to retain the tomato flavour and not get masked by the strong sausage taste.

5.  Cook up some red quinoa and serve everything on top!  Enjoy!


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