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My delicious tomato sauce recipe

Updated on April 26, 2013

Argentinean Cuisine

Argentina has a strong influence of Italian cuisine; it is so much so that we do not separate Italian food from local food. Pasta and pizza are not considered foreign, at all.

In this lens I am going to give my personal tomato sauce recipe in two different variants: one completely vegetarian and the other Bologna style with grounded meat. It is one of the many ways I sneak in veggies in my kids´ diet. They love it!

Of course tomato sauce is not much alone. I´m going to show you some of the ways we ate it this month.

Vegetarian tomato sauce

For the vegetarian tomato sauce you will need:

Ingredients:

- 6 medium skinned tomatoes.

- 2 carrots.

- 2 small onions or one big.

- 2 claws of garlic.

- 1 bell pepper without seeds.

- a dash of olive oil.

-sea salt.

-oregano (or marjoram) and paprika.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
Tomatoes

The other ingredients

The other ingredients
The other ingredients

You will need

- a pan.

- a wooden spoon.

- a blender.

- a small bowl.

- chopping block and knife.

Some cool options if you do not have them are:

Cooking instructions

  1. Peal and chop so and so all the ingredients.
  2. Add all ingredients except the tomatoes in a pan at medium heat.
  3. Cook until tender moving the contents with a wooden spoon so it doesn´t burn.
  4. Put the peeled tomatoes in a blender, add a lil bit of water and blend. When it is ready add the cooked vegetables and blend everything. You can also use a food processor for this, it is up to you.
  5. Take back the mix to the heat and cook at very low temperature for about 20 minutes. Add water if necessary while cooking and correct the seasoning.
  6. You are going to notice that there is a pink-ish foam on the surface. Take it out with the wooden spoon and put it in a small bowl. if you don´t do this, the sauce is bitter.

Take the foam out

Take the foam out
Take the foam out

How do we eat it?

I use this sauce for pasta and pizza. These are two of the ways we ate it this month:

Ravioli with tomato sauce.

Snack pizza with base of bread.

Ravioli with vegetarian tomato sauce

Ravioli with vegetarian tomato sauce
Ravioli with vegetarian tomato sauce

Snack pizza

Snack pizza
Snack pizza

Must have book about sauces

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, 3rd Edition
Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, 3rd Edition

This is the ABC in sauces. It is not to open one can and get over with. It is detailed, it explains the hows and the whys, and it goes over all the sauces you might need and some more in 20 chapters and almost 600 pages.

The chapters:

1. A Short History of Sauce Making

2. Equipment

3. Ingredients

4. Stocks, Glaces, and Essences

5. Liaisons: An Overview

6. White Sauces for Meat and Vegetables

7. Brown Sauces

8. Stock-Based and Non-Integral Fish Sauces

9. Integral Meat Sauces

10. Integral Fish and Shellfish Sauces

11. Crustacean Sauces

12. Jellies and Chauds-Froids

13. Hot Emulsified Egg Yolk Sauces

14. Mayonnaise-Based Sauces

15. Butter Sauces

16. Salad Sauces, Vinaigrettes, and Relishes

17. Pruees and Puree-Thickened Sauces

18. Pasta Sauces

19. Asian Sauces

20. Dessert Sauces

 

Sauce Bologna style

It is pretty much the same until the point of bringing the blend back to the pot. Before adding the veggies back to the pan, we will cook the ground beef in it (add a dash of olive oil to the bottom).

If you ground the meat yourself or have a butcher who does it in front of you, then you can add the sauce over the meat raw. If, on the other hand, you buy the meat at any supermarket, you will have to brown it with sea salt and spices until cooked, and discard all the oil and water it will release.

Once you add the veggie mix, cook again for about 20 to 30 minutes. This sauce will need more attention than the other depending on how much meat you use. As you see I did not add quantities, it will depend on what you want it for.

To make pasta or rice, one pound is a good amount, for empanadas, you will need two pounds of meat for these veggies (it gives about three dozens). It is not usual to make empanadas with sauce, it is my personal recipe.

Cook the veggies

Cook the veggies
Cook the veggies

Brown meat

Brown meat
Brown meat

Add sauce to meat and cook

Add sauce to meat and cook
Add sauce to meat and cook

Food grinders

If you can go to the butcher and ask him to grind the meat you want, you probably do not need to have a grinder at home, but if you buy supermarket food... then you need a grinder. Times are interesting, we need caution to protect our health.

KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment
KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment

If you already have a stand mixer, this is a great addition. It is not very fast, but it is efficient.

 
Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer and Pasta Maker
Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer and Pasta Maker

If you prefer to go manual, this is a good choice. It it attached to the kitchen counter, it has few pieces to wash, and works fine for family needs.

It is better to cut the meat in stripes and freeze it a bit before grinding.

 
STX International Model STX-3000-TF Turboforce Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer Kit - Size #12 - 3 Grinding Plates, 3 Blades, 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes & Kubbe Attachment
STX International Model STX-3000-TF Turboforce Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer Kit - Size #12 - 3 Grinding Plates, 3 Blades, 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes & Kubbe Attachment

Solid and fast, it grinds meat like a pro. It dances a bit in the kitchen counter, keep it in place.

If you think on grinding bones, or organs, then you might want to pass on this one. Same thing if you want to do sausages, it is not very efficient.

But to grind meat for this sauce, or for hamburgers, it is my best pick.

 

How do we eat it?

In Angentina, this sauce is called "Bolognesa". It goes great with pasta, rice, as base of a potato pie, and may other forms.

This month we ate it two times, once with rice and once in empanadas. The rice preparation is pretty straight forward, the empanada deserves a whole lens for itself.

Empanadas are a typical food from Argentina, and you have as many recipes as provinces. In some cases, like this, there are personal recipes with small variations nobody else does. Do not expect to eat my empanadas anywhere, meat empanadas usually do not have tomato sauce.

Meat is not the only filling. Chicken, spinach, cheese and onions, basil, blue cheese, cheese and jam, corn, are only some of the options.

Empanadas

Empanadas
Empanadas

More empanadas

More empanadas
More empanadas

White rice with Bologna sauce

White rice with Bologna sauce
White rice with Bologna sauce

Know more about Argentinean cuisine

Argentina Cooks!: Treasured Recipes from the Nine Regions of Argentina (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)
Argentina Cooks!: Treasured Recipes from the Nine Regions of Argentina (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)

This book goes to the heart of the nine main regions in Argentina and explores its different cuisines.

It doesn´t stop there. The author talks about the different micro-cultures. It is also a memoir to certain extent, the book holds recipes and memories collected during 20 years.

Like US, it is a country with many climates, from jungles in the north east, to the glaciers in the south, there are many climates and ecosystems, giving raise to local food that changes from place to place.

The recipes are adapted to be used in USA.

Enjoy!

 

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      empathzone 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: It is very easy to do, and completely from scratch. Try it out! The carrot makes it sweet. Sometimes I do big batches, freeze it as ice cubes, and save it in sealed bags in the freezer. This way it is faster to heat it up.

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      empathzone 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: It is very easy to do, and completely from scratch. Try it out! The carrot makes it sweet. Sometimes I do big batches, freeze it as ice cubes, and save it in sealed bags in the freezer. This way it is faster to heat it up.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      It all looks yummy! Made me want spaghetti with sauce for lunch...