2 (28 ounce) cans imported Italian plum tomatoes with basil (preferably those labeled San Marzano )
1/4 cup fine-quality olive oil
2 ounces fatback or salt pork, optional
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
Salt and pepper (to taste)
6 leaves fresh basil, torn, optional
Pinch dried oregano
Remove tomatoes from the can, reserving the juice in which they are packed. Using
your hands, crush the tomatoes, gently remove and discard the hard core from the
stem end, and remove and discard any skin and tough membrane. Set aside.
Put oil in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat. If using fatback,
cut it into small pieces and add to the pan. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until
all fat has been rendered. Remove and discard fatback.
Then add onion. Sauté for 3 minutes or until translucent and just beginning to
brown. Stir in garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or until just softened. Stir in tomatoes,
reserved juice, and salt. Raise heat, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat
to a very low simmer and cook for about 1 hour or until flavors have combined and
sauce is slightly thickened. (If you prefer a thicker sauce, cook for an additional
Stir in basil, oregano, and pepper, and cook for an additional minute. Remove
from heat and serve.
Makes 7 cups - Servings: 7
Posted by LladyRusty at Recipe Goldmine - May 1, 2001.
Source: Rao's Restaurant, New York, NY - Good Morning America