Stewed Tomato Sauce with Basil and Olive Oil
Why This Recipe Works
For some simple tomato sauce recipes based on just three ingredients (tomatoes, olive oil or butter, and salt), we found the following techniques essential: First, we removed the excess seeds, which are bitter and have an unappealing texture, by pushing the core of seeds out with our fingers. Next, we crushed the tomatoes evenly, using a potato masher, our hands, or a fork. Tomato sauce recipes without meat were best when cooked relatively quickly, to retain the fresh, fruity flavor of the tomatoes.