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Fresh Tomato Sauce With Thyme

Fresh tomatoes, seasoned with woodsy thyme, produce a delicate tomato sauce, which is well suited to goat-cheese ravioli and other light pasta dishes. This sauce has a rustic feel because the tomatoes are not peeled; if you prefer a more refined sauce, peel tomatoes by dipping them into boiling water, then slipping off skins.

Courses: Sauces, Vegetarian

Recipe Ingredients

2 teaspoons 10mlOlive oil
3/4 cup 46g / 1.6ozFinely-chopped onion
3   Garlic cloves - minced
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlCrushed red pepper flakes
6 cups 375g / 13ozChopped seeded ripe tomatoes - (5 med)
2 teaspoons 10mlChopped fresh thyme

Recipe Instructions

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and thyme. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until tomatoes are saucy and have thickened slightly, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in salt and pepper to taste. (Sauce can be made ahead. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.)

This recipe yields 3 cups.

Per Serving: 110 Cal; 3g Prot; 4g Total Fat (0 Sat. Fat); 19g Carb.; 0mg Chol; 180mg Sod.; 4g Fiber.

Vegetarian Times, May 2002


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