Cookery Courses Italy recipe : Sugo al Pomodoro |
Simple tomato sauce
A good rich simple tomato sauce is the basis of many an Italian recipe and will stand you in good stead when an authentic Italian sauce is needed. Master this and we promise you will never ever again buy an industrial bottled ragu sauce.
Yields 2 cups
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, + more for finishing
2 garlic cloves
1 pinch of chilli flakes
1 400g can of whole peeled Italian tomatoes, crushed by hand
3-4 sprigs basil
Salt to tast
Prep time 30 mins
Place a saucepan on the stove, and heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Crush 2 of the garlic cloves, and add them to the olive oil, cooking them until they are fairly golden brown.
Once the garlic is golden, add the chilli, and then immediately add the crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Mix the tomatoes, and season them with salt to taste. Simmer the sauce over low heat for approximately 20 minutes so that it begins to thicken.
Turn off the heat, and add the basil sprigs while the sauce is cooling, remembering to remove them once the sauce has cooled completely. The tomato sauce should be a rich red color. If it is brick red, it is too thick and needs to be thinned , add a little water until your happy with consistency .
Add a pinch of sugar will eliminate any acidy taste.
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This recipe is an example of what to expect with Taste Trails Rome | Cookery courses in Italy. What we cook in the lessons depends on the time of the year and what is in season . We try and use only fresh , local and if possible organic ingredients .