Monday, July 26, 2010

Good Eats: Sunday Tomato Sauce

Every Sunday, my family gets together for a big "Sunday lunch." This means pasta with tomato sauce, meatballs or sausage, salad, dessert, and coffee. This is typical of families from Southern Italy. My family happens to be from a small town called Avellino, just outside of Naples.

For the Sunday tomato sauce, you'll need to start with a large pot and a big wooden spoon.

 We make a big sauce and put what is left over in jars to use later in the week. Feel free to cut the recipe down to make a smaller amount.

piece of beef, pork, and lamb (all with the bone)
olive oil
salt and pepper
onion (chopped fine)
basil, thyme, bay leaves
6 cans of crushed tomatoes (28oz cans)
1 can of tomato paste

First, put the pot on high heat until smoking. Salt and pepper the meat.

Add just enough oil to coat the bottom. Brown the meat on both sides, but do not cook it through. Take the meat out once it has good color, and set aside.

Turn the heat to medium and add the onion. Be sure to scape up all the brown bits from the meat on the bottom of the pan. Cook until translucent.

Once the onions are translucent, add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, thyme, about 4-6 bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste. Put the meat back in.

Turn the heat to very low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 hours or so.

Enjoy! And the meat makes a great snack!

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