Freezer Tomato Sauce

Plum tomatoes, sometimes called roma tomatoes, are a meaty, oval-shaped tomato. They have small seeds, little juice, and a mild, rich flavor, making them especially good for this pasta sauce.

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  • Yields: 3 or 4 pints (about nine 3/4-cup servings)
  • Prep: 1 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
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Freezer Tomato Sauce
Ingredients
6
pounds plum tomatoes
3
medium onions, chopped (1-1/2 cups)
1
stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)
3
large cloves garlic, minced
2
tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
2
teaspoons sugar
1
teaspoons salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
fresh red cayenne chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped (1/2 teaspoon) or 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
2
tablespoons snipped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
1
tablespoons snipped fresh thyme or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
Directions
  1. In a large kettle bring 4 inches of water to boiling. Immerse tomatoes, a few at a time, in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain in a colander; peel, seed, and chop tomatoes. (You should have 10 cups.)
  2. In the same kettle cook onion, celery, and garlic in hot oil about 5 minutes or until tender. Add chopped tomatoes, sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, if desired. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in oregano and thyme. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes more. Cool slightly.
  3. In a food processor bowl process sauce, one fourth at a time, to desired texture. (Or, put sauce through a food mill.) Place sauce in a bowl set in ice water to cool quickly. Fill 3 or 4 freezer containers; seal tightly, label, and freeze up to 6 months.
  4. To thaw one portion, remove from freezer container and place in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. (Or, in a 1-quart microwave-safe casserole cook on 100 percent power (high) for 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally.) Serve hot sauce over pasta. Makes 3 or 4 pints (about nine 3/4-cup servings).
Nutrition Facts (Freezer Tomato Sauce)
    Per serving:
  • 97 kcal cal.,
  • 3 g fat
  • 206 mg sodium,
  • 17 g carb.,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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