Friday, July 1, 2011

Pomodoro with Butter...

Light! Tasty! Filling! Healthy!......And a great way to get your family to eat more vegetables!  

For what more could you ask?

When my boys were young...and in the "I hate vegetable" stages...I frequently made this wonderful sauce. The recipe was given to my by a fabulous young chef.* (She was in her teens, at the time.)
Using fresh plum tomatoes (or whatever you can get your hands on), carrots and onion, this sauce makes a very light and tasty dish. (Don't tell my guys...I used to add an extra couple of carrots and grind everything up in the food processor. They never knew they were eating carrots!!!) If you are in a can used canned tomatoes or boxed...I prefer Pomi - it has no ingredients except TOMATOES (imagine that!)

POMODORO Sauce with Butter

2 lbs ripe plum tomatoes
1/4 lb. butter, cut into 8 pieces 
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1 medium carrot, peeled and quartered
1/4 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp finely chopped basil
freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Wash tomatoes and cut each in half. Cook over low heat in a covered saucepan for 15 minutes. Put them through a food mill to puree. (I use my food processor)
2.  In a medium saucepan, place butter, onion and carrot, sugar, salt and basil. Add the tomato puree. Simmer over low heat for 40 minutes, uncovered. Stir frequently and be sure the simmer does not come to a boil.
3.  Remove onion and carrot pieces. Adjust sauce for salt seasoning and serve over freshly cooked pasta (I prefer this on Angel Hair pasta). Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese.

***Today, with my new "lifestyle", I use Dreamfields Pasta or Whole Wheat pasta. Not bad...not bad at all.

Hope you enjoy this recipe...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

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*Thought you'd like to know...that young chef went on to graduate from CIA...has been a on TV, a private chef, worked in some of the best restaurants in TX, headed up research and development for two of the largest restaurant companies...among other things. And she's in her 30s!!! Pretty impressive...


M & M said...

Could that be Cammie? I still cook another of her recipes...

Simple Daisy said...

Yum!!! I'm coming over for dinner & i'll bring the vino:):)

ps...i'm having a little give-away on my blog!! Stop on by if you get a chance:):)

rjerdee said...

Yummmmm!!! Have a Happy Fourth, Jane!!

Leo said...

Jane - this looks so yummy! Wow - makes me hungry looking at the photos. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday. Were in you in Crescent Beach, I hope? It just went by too fast! Have a great rest of your week.

Fairfield House said...


I will be testing this recipe out next week when a little man "who hates vegetables except french fries and mashed potatoes" comes for a week.

Thanks for sharing!


Bill said...

That looks SO good, Jane! I'll admit I usually take the lazy route and buy sauce in a jar, but most of it has SO much sodium. I really think I'll try your recipe while vine-ripened garden tomatoes are in season.

Warmest regards,

P.S. Loved the post about your Aunt Hortense's birthday adventure!