I would like to say that I have a recipe for this, I did my best to keep track of everything, but this was more of a refrigerator cleaning journey again. It started a couple of weeks ago I was at my favorite produce store again, the vine on tomatoes were on sale, how could I resist the vine on guys they look so inviting fresh and ready to use for... dammit that's right I am the only person at my house that will eat fresh tomatoes. Ok, here is a plan, set them on the counter until I figure out what to do with them... 4 days...... 6 days.... Ok there was nothing left to do but Marinara Sauce now. Ingredients:
10 old vine on Tomatoes peeled and seeded
2 TBS Olive Oil
1 Carrot coarsely chopped
1 rib Celery coarsely chopped
3 cloves Garlic chopped
2 Shallots chopped
1/2 Red Bell Pepper chopped
6-7 Leaves wilted leftover Basil
( I know this is starting to sound great now)
Big Pinch of dried Oregano
1 can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1/4 cup dried Mushrooms
some red wine (whatever I didn't drink)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Start by peeling and seeding the tomatoes to do that easily drop them 2 or 3 at a time into boiling water for about 30 seconds then pull them out and the peel comes right off. The seeds can be a little bitter so I try to get most of them out, cut the tomatoes in half and scrape them into the garbage. Set the meat of the tomatoes aside.
Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the Carrot, Celery. Shallot and Garlic and cook until softened maybe 15-20 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook for a couple of hours while you are doing other stuff, stirring occasionally. when you think it is done blend it up I used one of my favorite tools the immersion blender puree it all down. Taste it and see what you need, a little sugar? vinegar? I don't know you decide. Finish up the seasonings and you are ready.
As I continue to clean up all blogging leftovers I found a about cup of shrimp in the freezer. This was going to turn out Ok after all. I minced some garlic, another 2 cloves (never had too much garlic) and sauteed that with the shrimp, then added spaghetti and enough sauce to toss it all in.