Cheats Thermomix Pasta Sauce Napoletana Style
Have you ever avoided making something because it seems like too much effort for a product which can be bought commercially? I have always bought ready made pasta sauce and never imagined bothering to make my own. I was so WRONG! My mind has been completely blown! As a result of this Thermomix pasta sauce recipe commercially prepared pasta sauce may never be on my shopping list again! It is SO good!
I always imagined there would be no real difference in flavour but I was absolutely wrong. This homemade Thermomix pasta sauce is so rich and luscious it tastes like a finished dish. I was literally eating the sauce by the spoonful straight from the Thermomix. Nothing else was needed to complete the Napoletana sauce. Even the colour of the sauce suggests just how different a homemade pasta sauce is to store-bought. I can’t even imagine eating a spoonful a commercial sauce without other ingredients added.
The reason I was making pasta sauce was an unexpected tomato surplus. I had one kilo of tomatoes in the fridge getting soft and squishy and a friend brought me another kilo as a gift. I also had 2 punnets of cherry tomatoes. Now, I like tomatoes but I know I would never finish them all.
This is a deeply flavoured, rich tomato sauce which is made easily in the Thermomix.
- 20 g garlic
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 200 g onion cut in quarters
- 50 g oil
- 1000 g tomato cut in half with end removed
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp all spice or Chinese 5 Spice
- 2 tsp dried oregano
Place the peppercorns and garlic in the TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
Add onion to the garlic mixture. Chop 3 sec/Speed 7.
Scrape down the bowl.
Add oil to the TM Bowl. Sautee 5 min/Varoma/Speed 1.5.
Place the halved tomatoes in the TM bowl. Puree 20 sec/Speed 7.
Add sugar, salt, allspice and oregano to the tomato puree. Simmer 40 min/120 degree/Speed 1.5 (MC OUT). Add the strainer to the top of the lid to prevent splatters.
If you want to preserve the sauce add it to sterilized jars and place the topped jars in a large saucepan of boiling water. Allow the jars to boil for 2-3 minutes and then leave them to cool in the water. Once cooled the sauce will be vacuum sealed.
I also wanted to make a ratatouille for my daughter who has become a vegetarian. Given that I had a surplus of tomatoes it seemed a good time to make this classic French vegetarian dish from homemade pasta sauce. Oh, and the Ratatouille turned out fabulously too, so I will share that recipe shortly.
One of the reasons I’ve avoided making a Thermomix pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes is most recipes tell you to blanch the tomatoes in hot water and peel the skins. So tedious! I promise this is a completely unnecessary step. My sauce pasta sauce recipe is a cheats version. I’ve taken all the shortcuts to keep things simple and let the Thermomix do the work.
Napoletana sauce is delicious served with homemade pasta, a little freshly shaved parmesan and some torn basil leaves. All the big flavours of the homemade sauce are more than enough to make this a simple and delicious meal.
I also reserved some pasta sauce for our pizza night. We recently added a wood-fired pizza oven to the backyard. I’ve previously been using the leggo’s pizza sauce on the homemade pizza bases. After trying the Thermomix pasta sauce on the pizza I will never make pizza any other way. The pizza tasted exactly like my favourite authentic Italian pizza place in Santa Monica. Now I know their secret.
Have you noticed I keep swapping the term, pasta sauce, for Napoletana sauce? It seems that this sauce is known by a multitude of names and with even more spelling variations. In our house its known as a pasta sauce or passata but since everyone has a different name I’ve tried to incorporate a few variations.
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