Yesterday E and I went to pick more tomatoes (and cukes, and squash, and herbs). I know that I said I would be taking a year off of my usual maniacal amounts of canning but...free tomatoes!! How can I be expected to resist!! And they are gorgeous and ripe and almost falling off the plants. Truly, they were calling my name. And I knew just what to do with them seeing as how I was down to only 2 jars of passata left from the previous year. I love making this sauce, it is super easy. I also find that most everyone loves it, even children who say they don't like tomato sauce like this one because it is naturally sweet and smooth with no "bits" in it.
We wash the romas and then cut them in quarters. (E de-stemmed and put them in the wash sink and I chopped.) Then we cook them up in a big pot with just a smidge of water on the bottom (so I don't burn them) until they are soft and the juices are flowing freely. Then comes the fun part.
E loves to help with this and this year he did them all on his own. All I had to do was stand on the other side of the counter and fill the jars with the sauce he was cranking out. Then I added a bit of lemon juice, a bit of salt and some fresh basil leaves.