In many of my recipes you will often hear me mention using a tomato frito, which we often buy ready made here in Spain. However, in case you do not have this option and would like to try how much richer it makes a dish, please feel free to use the following recipe.
1 kg very ripe tomatoes [or equivalent tinned tomatoes]
3 tbs of olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, and gently fry off the chopped onion and garlic for three to four minutes.
2. Peel and chop the tomatoes [try dropping the tomatoes in boiling water for around a minute to make them easier to peel] and then add them to the frying pan [you can use tinned tomatoes in place of fresh ones if you wish].
2. Mash tomatoes, onions and garlic as they cook to help release the flavours. Cook for around 15 mins on a medium heat.
3. Once cooked, take off the heat and liquidise. Season with the salt and sugar.
This sauce is perfect for serving with meatballs, over pasta or even cold with tortilla espanola! Or better still in one of my own recipes