Spicy Tomato Sauce

Here's a really simple tomato based sauce that's good for pasta, rice, salad, etc. It's a little spicy, but nothing crazy. It's also really easy and tastes awesome.

1 lb roma tomatoes
2-3 chipotles and 2-3 tbls adobo sauce
1/3 cup chopped raw celery
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
basil, salt, pepper to taste

On a baking sheet roast the tomatoes whole in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes.

The tomatoes take on a really deep flavor from a few minutes in the oven.

Roughly chop and add tomatoes to a blender. You may have to add them in batches to avoid making a mess. Add garlic, chipotles, adobo sauce and oil. Puree. Add celery, spices and remaining tomatoes and buzz again.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Keeping in mind the flavors will intensify after a few hours to rest and marry.

It'll be very liquidy at first, but will thicken up nicely after a rest in fridge.

Enjoy over anything with a neutral flavor. Potatoes, salad, pasta, rice, veggies, beans.

You can achieve an interesting variation by also roasting the celery and garlic.



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