On Sunday afternoon during hurricane Irene I made heirloom tomato sauce with the box I got earlier in the week from my CSA. Everyone I talk to has a slightly different method of making sauce. Some use a food mill, some boil the tomatoes to remove the skins. This is my version and it turned out pretty darn delicious.
First, I rinsed and chopped 18lbs of tomatoes. With the tomatoes sliced in half, I squished them (flesh side down) through a sieve into my cooking pot. Any seeds I couldn’t remove from the flesh through the squishing process got a very light rinse under the faucet. The remaining skin and flesh get thrown into the pot. I repeated this process till all the tomatoes were gone. I chopped three carrots, added a diced vidalia onion, 4 cloves of slivered garlic, a bunch of basil, thyme and S+P. I cooked the sauce down on low for about two and 1/2 hours. I could have stopped there. But I thought the sauce was a bit too chunky and I gave it a couple spins in the cuisinart. I boiled up a pot of linguine, topped with sauce, grated parmigiano-reggiano over the top and enjoyed the fruits of my labor. So delicious and simple. The remaining sauce will get canned for winter.
update: for notes on adding lemon and canning please read comments.