Golden Tomato Pasta Sauce (freezeable! or make from frozen tomatoes…)

30 Jul

“Tis the season for the tomatoes to overwhelm. In fact, last year we were so overwhelmed that I had tomatoes in the freezer all winter. The texture isn’t as good as in the middle of summer, but the incomparable bright, fresh flavor is still there.

Yes, these icebergs are actually frozen golden tomatoes (yellow seems a bit more prosaic here). The freezer burn was minimal and the flavor was great!

So this is a terrific simple sauce that you can make from frozen or fresh. Instructions for blanching appear at the end!

Golden Tomato Sauce

Golden Tomato Pasta Sauce

¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Cup shallots, chopped

¼ tsp hot red pepper flakes

1 Tbs oregano (less if oregano is not your favorite; this is a pretty generous amount)

Pinch sugar

5 lbs golden tomatoes, cored, blanched and peeled*

10-20 basil leaves, chopped

Heat olive oil at medium-high in a heavy-bottomed soup pot until liquid and fragrant. Add shallots, stir to coat and lower heat to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are soft and translucent. Stir in hot red pepper flakes, oregano and pinch sugar and cook one minute. Add tomatoes, bring to boil then lower to a lazy simmer and cook for an hour or until fat begins to separate from tomatoes and you have reaced desired consistency. Add basil leaves and cook for an additional five minutes. Serve over pasta, as pizza sauce or on bruschetta, or freeze in quart containers for another day.

*To blanch and peel tomatoes, set a big pot of water to boil. In the meantime, core the tomatoes and fill a big bowl with ice water. When the water is boiling, drop tomatoes in so they fit comfortably. They blanch in under a minute, generally. As soon as you see the peel start separating from the flesh, pull them out and drop into the ice water. You can leave the peel on if you are going to freeze them (in gallon freezer bags is fine) or peel once they have cooled to use immediately.

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7 Responses to “Golden Tomato Pasta Sauce (freezeable! or make from frozen tomatoes…)”

  1. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy August 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Hot, Cheap & Easy and commented:

    NOTE TO READERS: Keep on using up those tomatoes!!!!!

  2. Mad Dog July 31, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Excellent – I do something similar with all leftover tomatoes, but I add some garlic and red wine 😉

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 31, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Ooooh, YUM! I thought about garlic (when do I NOT think about garlic?) but in the end decided for a more simple flavor, because of the heat….

  3. Karen July 31, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    I love the mildness or should I say less acidness of yellow tomatoes. I still have some sauce in the freezer that I made last season from my yellow tomatoes. I know yours is great.

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Great sauce!

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