Fried Tomato Sauce (Sofrito de Tomate)

Servings: 4-6
Total time: 45min

1 small onion
1 garlic clove
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 kg of tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1 dozen hazelnuts, skinned
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs of parsley
1/2 cup of chicken stock

*(Makes about 750 ml sauce)


1. Sauté the garlic and onion until transparent and beginning to brown.

2. Add the tomatoes and fry on high heat for a few minutes.

3. Add the salt, bay leaf, parsley and liquid. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced.

4. Put the sauce in a blender with the hazelnuts and purée until smooth. The finner the sieve you pass the puréed sauce through the smoother it will be.

5. Keep in a jar in the fridge for about 5 days, but REMEMBER TO BRING TO A BOIL BEFORE EVERY USE.

* Make this as you would any type of jam, store in sterilized jars and have tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes all throughout winter!