A friend of mine shared with me this yummy recipe for slow-roasted tomato sauce. It's a rich, delicious sauce that has one full head of garlic in it! The preparation work is very minimal; even though it takes several hours to make, most of this time is spent in the oven with occasional peeks to check on it. This would be a really great sauce to make on a lazy weekend day when you're relaxing as the scent will fill the house.
Slow-Roasted Tomato Sauce, from Brian Kane
5-6 very large tomatoes OR about a dozen Roma tomatoes
1 head of garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup vermouth or white wine
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cut the tomatoes into chunks and spread out on a half-sheet baking pan. Sprinkle chopped garlic and basil all over the tomatoes. Pour oil lightly over the tomatoes. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over everything. Place baking sheet in oven and try not to go crazy from the incredible aroma.
Check the tomatoes after about 2 hours to make sure they're not burning. If they haven't gotten any blackening at all, let them go for another hour or two, checking occasionally. Four hours should be more than enough time.
When the tomatoes are done to your liking, remove from oven and process them through a food mill to remove seeds and skins. If you don't have a food mill, try pressing the tomatoes through a mesh sieve using a rubber spatula.
Pour tomato pulp into a large saucepan and add vermouth/wine, then add water to reach desired consistency (probably anywhere from 2-4 cups). Bring this to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for an hour.
Once this sauce is done, you can use it as the base for further additions for pasta or pizza sauce as you like. I am going to add some oregano and thyme to this for sauce to pour over cheesy polenta and Italian sausages for dinner.
(Image: Sara-Kate Gillingham Ryan, Recipe: Brian Kane - thanks!!)