My husband and I make tomato sauce from scratch A LOT. Several times a month, Iâ€™d say.Â During the summer we use fresh tomatoes, but the rest of the year, we use canned. Weâ€™ve tried many brands of canned tomatoes, but some were a bit bland and some were just awful.
Then we heard someone sing the praises of San Marzano roma tomatoes grown in volcanic soil in Italy. We searched high and low, and found several companies that sell San Marzanos. We tried all of thoseâ€¦and Cento was, by far, the best.
I bought the peeled tomatoes and pureed them with my stick blender right in the can, but I recently found that Cento has canned tomatoes already pureed, so it saved me a step. When I would made tomato sauce in the past, Iâ€™d add wine, a bunch of dried herbs, a little sugar, cream, butterâ€¦anything to make it taste good. With the Cento tomatoes, all I do is sautee some diced onion in a little olive oil, add the can of tomatoes, a little salt and pepper, and simmer about 20 minutes. Thatâ€™s it!
The tomatoes are already so delicious, with the perfect balance of acidity and sweet, they donâ€™t need anything else. Sometimes I chop some fresh oregano from the garden and add it in after I turn off the heat. It really is tomato heaven. That is the tomato sauce I use for pizza, my Polenta Medallions, gnocchi, spaghettiâ€¦you name it. It is rather unfortunate that Cento’s tomatoes arenâ€™t organic. Organic really is my preference. But, I tried all the other brands of organic ones and they just werenâ€™t right. Oh well.
Maybe some year Iâ€™ll have a huge garden and grow my own organic San Marzano roma tomatoes and can a bunch myself. Who knows?