Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Basic Red Sauce: Large Batch

From "Fix, Freeze Feast" by Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik

Makes about 40 cups, or 10 quarts, or 2 1/2 gallons

1 (111-ounce) can tomato paste, halved, or 4 (12-ounce) cans
8 cups hot water
1/2 cup dried parsley
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced garlic (about 36 cloves)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 (106-ounce) can tomato sauce, or 4 (28-ounce) cans
1 (102-ounce) can diced tomatoes, or 4 (28-ounce) cans [NOTE: I used crushed tomatoes instead.]
several 1-gallon freezer bags

1. Mix tomato paste and hot water in a large stockpot until smooth. Stir in parsley, onion, garlic, sugar, salt, basil, oregano and thyme.
2. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes; mix well. Do not cook.
3. Measure sauce into appropriate portions for immediate use. Divide remaining sauce evenly among 1-gallon freezer bags for later use.
4. Seal and label each bag with the amount of sauce inside. Freeze.

1. Completely thaw one bag in the refrigerator.
2. Use in a recipe calling for tomato sauce, or simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat for 20 minutes and pour over your favorite pasta.
3. To use in a meat sauce, brown and drain 1 pound lean ground beef for every 8 cups of sauce; add cooked beef to sauce and gently reheat.

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