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Ricette Italiane (Italian Recipes)

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Napolitana Sauce

Recipe from: Jeff
Servings: 4 to 6

A classic, simple pasta sauce. Use as a foundation for pasta, pizza and more elaborate sauces.

2 ¼ pounds plum tomatoes
1 teaspoon fresh oregano , minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil , minced
1 medium onion , finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves , minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Scald the tomatoes in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes and remove. Remove and discard the peels, and halve. Remove the stems, seeds and excess juice from the tomatoes, place them in a blender, and blend them to a smooth purée.

Sauté the onion in the hot olive oil until glassy. Add the minced garlic and stir frequently for another minute or so. Add the tomato purée, the herbs and the seasoning. Stir well and allow to gently simmer half covered for 45 minutes to an hour (remove lid after 20 minutes). This will depend on the ripeness and character of the tomato used. Stir occasionally. The sauce should be nice and thick. Optionally, stir in a teaspoon more of olive oil.


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