On Saturday I decided to make marinara sauce for my girlfriend (M.) and her daughter. From scratch. This meant skinning a good number of tomatoes from my mom's garden.
|Preparing to boil tomatoes for the sauce.|
Boiling and peeling tomatoes? Easier than I'd ever imagined. It takes more time waiting for the water to boil.
|Easy peelsy after boiling.|
|Air..need air...also eyes. Eyes and air.|
I got the recipe from this website with several modifications. I put only a couple of cloves in and took them out after the first half-hour of simmering. M. doesn't care very much for garlic in pasta, but she felt it needed it at least a little. No red wine, no honey(?), no crushed red pepper, no marjoram, no bay leaf on hand. I unwittingly compensated by adding a tablespoon of oregano instead of a teaspoon. Didn't ruin the sauce, but I won't do that again.
|Long live the heirloom.|
|Caption ideas include "Boy, this is going to be a lot of sauce!" and "What the hell am I thinking?!?"|
|Onion time? More like funion time! Eh? Eh? Am I right?|
|Here we gooooo!|
My only other mistake that mattered was not accounting for how long it would take to get the sauce to actually be a sauce. I learned about reducing a sauce and kept the heat going, with pretty good results.
|Waiting for the sauce to boil. Now to make my own pasta!|
|And now the boil!|
|(best Highlander voice) "Now begins the simmering!"|
Not only were the tomatoes from my mom's garden, but so was the basil.
|Stirring it in..|
Did I mention that I had to cook this for a long time?
|Hoping to reduce the sauce and avoid earning the nickname "Soupy George."|
Once the sauce was thick enough, I added the pasta, and we were good to go in minutes.
|Thank God this is almost over. I mean Yay, food!|
With ten tomatoes of various sizes, I had enough sauce to serve three people and have enough left over for another dinner tomorrow.
Dinner is served. Finally!
I think I'm a little too impressed with myself, but I have to admit it was a pretty smooth (if time-spanning) job with pretty good results.