SLOW-ROASTED PASTA SAUCE

February 16, 2022

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With the sun (finally) back after a few weeks of pretty incessant rain, the tomatoes are ripening up nicely again. Some favourites this year are Yellow Beefsteak, Black Krim (always!), Marmande, and new to me, White Cherry (so much flavour!). Plus a bush tomato called Cheviot, kindly sent to me as saved seed, and originally via The Food Farm. That is the red nobly tomato below which is great for cooking.

For the pasta sauce recipe I share below I used a combo of what was ripe and ready, everything listed above ended up in the dish, along with zucchini. Except for of-course Black Krim, as it is really the perfect tomato (IMO) to thickly slice on toast with a flick of salt and a generous twist of cracked pepper.

I would love to hear what your favourite tomato varieties are this year, comment below and let me know. I am always after a new tasty tomato to grow – because there is always another season!

Cooking Workshop Update

For obvious reasons, I have put my in-person workshops on hold for term one this year. I will continue to offer online Zoom workshops as these were popular the last two years. It is a great way to join a class (virtually) in my home kitchen, with the option to cook along with me.

– Online: Preserving & Fermentation – Saturday 12th March – 2.00 – 4.30pm. Find more details and book here.

– Online: Learn Sourdough (all levels) – April, date TBC – Saturday afternoon. More details and register interest here.

*Limited places available.

Slow-Roasted Pasta Sauce

Any summer produce can go into this sauce, other options include, capsicum, red onion and kamo kamo, with a ratio of at least half tomato to other produce. This sauce can be made in bulk, something I prepare all through the summer months, and freeze into portioned containers for a quick pasta meal anytime. The pasta sauce can also be used in place of passata, although it is concentrated so I tend to water it down with a little water to use in a dish such as a lasagne or Zucchini & Mozzarella Bake.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • about 600g tomatoes
  • 2-3 zucchini, about 400g
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • small handful basil or oregano leaves, torn
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Cracked pepper

To serve:

  • cooked spaghetti - see directions below
  • grated parmesan
  • basil pesto

Instructions

  • *Makes about 700ml, enough to serve 6-8.
    Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan 150ºC).
  • Chop the tomatoes and zucchini into 3–4cm pieces. Arrange in a single layer on a roasting tray and scatter over the garlic and herbs. Drizzle generously with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then place the tray in the oven.
  • Slow-roast for 40–45 minutes until fragrant and the edges of the tomatoes are starting to caramelise.
  • Tip the produce into a saucepan and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. (The produce can also be cooled then blended in a food processor.)
  • When ready to serve, reheat the sauce and toss through cooked spaghetti as follows.
  • Per person, cook 80g dried spaghetti in a large pot of salted water until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the spaghetti, return to the pot, and per person add about 4 tbsp (¼ cup) slow-roasted pasta sauce. Toss to combine, adding a drizzle of olive oil if needed to loosen. Serve immediately with grated parmesan and pesto.

 

Join the Conversation

  1. Love this recipe! It is a stable in my kitchen since I first reat about it in your amazing cookbook. Such a great and easy way to use up everything in the garden, especially the zucchini and garlic and all the fresh herbs, and be happy with it through the long winter season. We bottle it as we don’t have enough space in the freezer and it stays good for at least one year.
    My favourite tomatoe variety is bull’s heart for cooking as well as for eating as there is so much flesh and just a little bit skin and it is so juicy. One tomatoe weights at least 500 g, so a few plants go a very long way!

    1. Hello Yvonne! Lovely to hear from you. I also bottle it when I make a large batch and it keeps really well.
      I will have to try bulls heart, it sounds similar to Isle of Capri which is another favourite that I didn’t grow this year. 500g is a very good-sized tomato!
      Happy cooking 🙂
      Nicola

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