This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

garden red sauce

I just made my 17 year old son his late night snack: meatballs with red sauce and pasta. (Its exhausting keeping a teenage boy fed!) And, thrill-of-thrills, he complimented the sauce!!!

So, this reminded me I forgot to note my red sauce here (made September 4). Being a non-tomato year, this year's version includes all sorts of garden vegetables and only a few tomatoes.

It wasn't really a recipe: I threw what I grew in the pot and cooked it down.

A bit more detail: I put all the vegetables I needed to use up on the counter and a pot on the stove. To the pot, I added onions, garlic, and olive oil and sauteed a bit. Then I started adding more vegetables to the pot. Being lazy in the kitchen, I skipped peeling the tomatoes and peppers and added these whole or halved. I added purple, pink, red and orange tomatoes, beefsteak, romas and cherries. (I figured the Sungolds would sweeten it up like adding sugar.) I added red and green peppers. Plus lots of carrots and summer squash. After simmering a long time, I pulled out the tomato skins, pureed everything, poured it into baggies and froze them.

Would be nice if I get enough early fall tomatoes to make another batch soon. I really enjoy having my own garden red sauce after the fresh garden vegetables are gone. It makes great pizza sauce. And there's nothing like a little compliment here and there from a teenager!

kitchen sauce 1
sauce 3
sauce 5 sauce 6

© Skippy's Vegetable Garden

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12 Comments:

Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

It looks just yummie Kathy!

Tyra

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September 23, 2009 1:29 AM

 
Blogger Jain said...

Oh, how I hate the pre-boiling/ peeling part of making sauce. I shall try your skins-on method next summer!

I made two yummy batches this year--but the tomatoes came from farmers' markets since mine did so poorly.

September 23, 2009 1:15 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I think I'll buy some farmers market tomatoes tomorrow! Good idea.

September 23, 2009 2:21 PM

 
Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Evening, referred to your tomato sauce from last year and have been able to produce 8 bags of sauce so far. Thought my tommos were not going to produce, but they spurred into action despite the lack of sun; for those that were almost there, I picked and used the ripening banana trick. Hey Presto! red tomatoes within days. Am greatly pleased as the squash section didn't do much. Am going to do another batch tommorrow from the Roma Plum I grew for this purpose, going to roast with olive oile,garlic and basil. This hopefully will intensify the flavour for a roasted tomato soup to eat and freeze.
Ameager for the taste of the plot/garden in the weeks to come.
Marian(LondonUK)

September 23, 2009 4:11 PM

 
Anonymous Lisa A. said...

Wow, it looks amazing! I'm always scared to just start throwing things together, but I guess I should try it.

September 23, 2009 5:40 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I like the saying, "What grows together, goes together".

(except beets or beans - I wouldn't add them to the red sauce)

(or cabbage or broccoli or melons...)

September 23, 2009 10:52 PM

 
Blogger Leah said...

wow, that looks delicious. You can't buy sauce like that!

September 24, 2009 1:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anarchy in the Garden said...

I've attempted to make sauce once. It was SO laborious. I'm totally trying this method though. I have way more tomatoes than I know what to do with.

Thanks Kathy!

September 24, 2009 6:19 PM

 
Anonymous brian b. said...

I do enjoy your garden, very tasty and beautiful! If only my garden could be as lovely as yours!

September 24, 2009 7:44 PM

 
Blogger Dan said...

Your sauce looks so good. I just used your red sauce recipe from last year recently, even put a few purple calabash in :-)

September 24, 2009 8:53 PM

 
Blogger Michelle said...

Yum! That looks delicious....AND easy...you're talking my language!

September 25, 2009 11:58 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I bet boiling the skins adds flavor to the sauce too.

September 25, 2009 12:07 PM

 

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