This is an important post for me… Not just because it’s a great tomato sauce (which I think it is), but because it’s my very first self-produced video! Are you ready?
I’ve been contemplating adding some cooking videos for a while, but never really had the motivation to actually do it. I mean, let’s be honest… I don’t exactly have any chances at a career at the Food Network! But, as I thought about the Kitchen Bootcamp series, I finally decided that it would be a good time to start adding some video content to my posts. After all, how hard could it be?
Well, let me assure you that making the video was much more work than I had anticipated… And, I am one of those people who takes the time to stop and take a photograph (or 30) at each step of a recipe. It’s more work than that.
But, I am one of those annoyingly determined people. When I set my mind to something, I have to do it. So, I fashioned my own little “studio” in my kitchen, delicately balancing my little tripod and Flip camera on top of the biggest cookbooks I could find, and set off recording. I’m not exactly a natural in front of the camera, but I did my best (don’t laugh too hard… but you can laugh a little). It took me much longer than it should have to make a simple tomato sauce, but at least I had a few videos as a result!
After recording the videos, though, I had to edit them. Hadn’t really thought about that part when I was formulating my grandiose plans for adding videos to the site. Fortunately, I happened to have iMovie installed on my computer, so I set off working with that. An entire afternoon later, I have one poorly edited cooking video to show for it. But, I worked hard for this video, so I’m going to show it to you anyway!
Simple Tomato Sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cans whole San Marzano tomatoes
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook for about 15 minutes, taking care to sweat the vegetables instead of browning them. Once the vegetables are tender and the onions are translucent, stir in the tomato paste so that it is evenly mixed in with the vegetables. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up between your fingers as you add them to the pot. Stir to incorporate evenly. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Puree, if desired. Enjoy!
There’s still plenty of time to join in on this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp challenge – Sauces! I look forward to seeing everyone’s recipes, videos, and blog posts about sauce making. Don’t forget to submit your blog post once you have posted it so that I can include it in the round up at the end of the month!