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Question by Daniel Eduardo: What does a flavorful Pomodoro/Marinara (tomato sauce) consist of?
Some people just cook canned tomatoes, garlic, add salt/pepper, basil. You get a simple sauce lacking flavor.
One time I tried adding dried oregano, and the sauce was so strong, probably way too much oregano.
Answer by mark
The best sauce I’ve had consists of exactly the ingredients you listed in your first line. Perhaps you just need a bit more garlic and more basil.
I use the best olive oil. Probably 4-6 tbs. I then add about 5 cloves finely chopped garlic. I only saute for 30 seconds or so to get the raw taste from the garlic and avoid it becoming bitter as it browns. I then stir in 2 tbs tomato paste and saute for another minute or so. I then add 2 cans of plum tomatoes. I always buy San Marzano tomatoes. I only simmer for about 1/2 hour or so and then I remove from the heat and taste for salt. Lastly I add a a solid handful of chopped fresh basil. I don’t add pepper.
That is my simple sauce and I find it delicious.
If I want more flavor or if I plan on using it as a base for something that needs more kick, I add some finely chopped pancetta and 2-3 anchovies before I add the garlic. I mostly proceed as above but I tend to add less basil and a little hot pepper flakes just to stimulate the taste buds but not make the sauce hot.
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