Amazing Homemade Marinara Sauce and Roasted Chicken Tortellini
A little Story:
Having a variety of tomatoes is a staple of my garden, and every year I find myself inundated with pounds of tomatoes. Ultimately I end up eating cherry tomatoes as snacks for a week. Or I bring some to work for colleague foraging and grazing or give a few pounds away to friends and family. This year has been a little different. I have decided to venture deeper into my canning journey and include a homemade marinara sauce made from tomatoes grown in my garden.
I mostly have cherry and Roma tomatoes coming in, but the Cherokee tomatoes are working their way from green to red. This recipe does not call for a specific tomato variety, use whatever you have, including store-bought. The same goes for herbs and spices. I grew thyme, oregano, basil, arugula, and garlic chives this year, so that is what I used.
Approximately 3 hours
You will need:
1 slow cooker
1 blender (Optional)
About 3 lbs fresh uncut, unpeeled tomatoes
3 tbsp minced garlic
1 can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1/2 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup red wine
1/2 cup oil (vegetable, olive, canola, etc.)
2/3 cup chopped thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, arugula and garlic chives
1 tbsp dried basil, onion powder, parsley, garlic powder,
italian blend, tumeric, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin
Let's do it:
- With your slow cooker on low add oil onions and as many tomatoes as can fit under a completely closed lid. Allow tomatoes to cook for 30 to 40 mins.
- Remove lid and with a potato masher push down on tomatoes until none remain whole. The first round of mashing will produce a good amount of liquid and tomato peels, add white vinegar and red wine.
- Add remaining tomatoes and all herbs and spices. Continue to add and mash tomatoes until you have a full pot.
- Once the pot is full, let the sauce simmer for at least 2 hours (no more than 4). Stir the sauce every 30 to 40 mins. Add tomato paste and mix thoroughly.
- Optional. Blend the finished sauce for a consistent texture.
What to do next?
Suggestion 1: Can your sauce for later. My article on homemade plum jam provides basic canning instructions.
Suggestion 2: Use the marinara sauce with my veggie starter mix for a nutritious and robust spaghetti sauce.
Suggestion 3: Roasted chicken and cheese tortellini (my new favorite dish!). I shop at Costco, but any pulled chicken and stuffed pasta will do.
1 pkg Kirkland roasted chicken (already pulled and parted)
1 pkg Kirkland brand cheese tortellini
2/3 cup oil (vegetable, olive, canola, etc.)
And, your fresh cooked garden marinara sauce
Let's get started:
- In a large saucepan heat oil on medium-high heat.
- Add chicken. Let saute for 10 mins, repeatedly stir to avoid charring.
- In a separate pot, add water and bring to a boil for tortellini. Boil pasta for 10 mins.
- Add tortellini to chicken in the saucepan and mix well. Add as much of your homemade marinara sauce as you'd like and mix thoroughly. Then? Bon Apetit!
This sauce was a hit for my mother and my two young boys. The dinner table was silent after everyone's first bite. In the end, I was able to use half of the sauce for Chicken tortellini, and the other half I canned for the next culinary expedition. I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as me and mine. I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions. Thanks so much for reading!
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