February is a wonderful time of year when gardens are full of produce. If your garden is producing more food than you can eat, don’t let it go to waste. Offer any excess that you have to your friends or neighbours or get busy in the kitchen preserving it for the rest of the year.
If you have a glut of tomatoes, make the most of them by turning it into this easy pasta sauce which will keep for months, either in preserving jars or in the freezer.
Tomato Pasta Sauce
4kg ripe tomatoes (any size or variety)
Handful of basil leaves
6 teaspoons minced garlic or 8 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Tip: Tomatoes shouldn’t be stored in the fridge – the cold temperature can damage them and they taste better when they are at room temperature.
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