This is a workhorse. A basic tomato-based sauce that can morph into a finishing ingredient for protein or vegetable main courses, the base for a stew or soup, or a pasta sauce.
Utilitarian Tomato Sauce (1 ½ cups)
- 6 medium roma tomatoes, halved (or a 14 oz can diced tomato)
- ¼ cup stock, either chicken or veg
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, rough minced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Salt & pepper to taste
Put olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer add tomatoes cut side down. Cover and cook until the skins loosen, shaking the skillet occasionally to keep the tomatoes from sticking. This should take about five minutes.
Use a fork to lift off and discard tomato skins. Then use the fork to mash the tomatoes.
Add garlic, lemon juice, stock, and salt and pepper. Raise heat to a low boil and stir until the sauce thickens.
Total cooking time should be under 20 minutes.