What can be better than cooking with fresh homemade tomato sauce?
There are no doubts about the answer.
Made with only 2 ingredients this classic Italian passata (passata in Italian literally means “strained”) simply uses strained tomatoes infused with fragrant basil leaves to create the best tomato sauce.
And it’s out of this world delicious.
What else I love about this sauce? – It’s the mother of ALL tomato sauces!
You can tweak it and add more spices if you want to, but having this quality tomato passata is the key to success.
Now, to be completely honest, the process of making passata is really simple, but it’s somewhat time consuming.
And for all-year-round cooking I opt-in for a high quality store-bought can of passata di pomodoro.
During summer time I like to make a homemade one from fresh, juicy seasonal tomatoes.
But you can certainly make it with tomatoes that you have at your disposal.
If you have a choice give preference to those with thicker fresh and fewer seeds.
Did you know? San Marzano tomatoes have been designated as the ONLY tomatoes that can be used to make Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza).
Want to take your passata to the next level?
Use fresh cherry or grape tomatoes for extra flavor and sweetness of your sauce.
Homemade Tomato Passata with Fresh Basil
- 4 lb fresh tomatoes
- Handful fresh basil leaves
- Wash tomatoes under cold running water.
- Cut each tomato in quarters and remove seeds and juice.
- Place tomato quarters into a large sauce pan and bring them boil on low heat. Stir from time to time, especially during fist few minutes when tomatoes didn’t release enough juice yet.
- Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until tomatoes soft and mushy.
- Pass cooked tomatoes in batches through a food mill. Make sure to scrape the bottom to get all the juices.
You can do this using a food strainer, electric or manual.
- Pour tomato flesh and juice free of skin and seeds into a separate sauce pan and reduce it on medium heat until desired thickness.
- At the end, add a handful or more of torn fresh basil leaves.
- If you are preparing this tomato passata for winter:Sterilize the jars and the lids first.Pour in tomato passata leaving ¼ headspace and seal the jars.Sterilize sealed jars in a large pot with boiling water for 40 minutes. Make sure you place a dish towel at the pot bottom so that the glass jars don’t touch the pot bottom. Also pay attention to place each jar without touching another or the sides of the pot.Let cool completely turning the jars upside down.
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