Friday, August 19, 2011

Carmela Soprano's Quick Tomato Sauce

You may have noticed Carm mentioning Tomato Sauce a few times.
Big surprise.
I mean, she did write an Italian cook book.

If you'd like to go for the total Carmela experience, then have I got the recipe for you.
In the Graduation Parties chapter of Carmela's Entertaining with the Sopranos, there's a recipe for Tomato Sauce. 
Yes, the Tomato Sauce she's mentioned in quite few of her recipes.
Now you'll know Carm's secret.

This sauce can be prepared 3 days ahead of time; cooled, covered and refrigerated.
It can also been frozen.

Small hints:
- I would give the onion a head start of about 5 minutes.  
Garlic tends to burn easily.
- The amount of basil leaves isn't set in stone.
You might like more or less basil (or garlic).
I used a teaspoon of dried basil.
- Also, if you've frozen the sauce, check the taste before serving.
Sometimes freezing affects spices.
It might taste stronger or blander than you want it to be. 

No, I still don't understand Carmela's editor.
Graduation Parties? 

                              Tomato Sauce 

Makes about 3 Cups

In a medium saucepan pour
2 tablespoons olive oil

Cook in the oil, over medium heat, about 10 minutes
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 28-ounce can Italian-style crushed tomatoes
2 fresh basil leaves, torn into bits
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Bring to a simmer and cook 15 minutes.
Serve hot with meatballs, pasta, etc.

Would I make Carmela's Tomato Sauce again?
Sure, when I'm in a rush.
It's pretty simple.
Wait'll you try Ma's recipe.

Another recipe down.  Seven more to go.

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