|2||pound||tomatoes||very fresh, ripe|
|2||teaspoon||sea salt||to taste|
|3||tablespoons||olive oil, extra-virgin||to taste|
If you are not in a hurry take your time, the slower you cook down the tomatoes the more flavor you will build into your sauce.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat.
Add tomatoes and sprinkle with sea salt.
Adjust heat to slowly cook down the tomatoes. The slower you cook down the tomatoes the more flavor will develop.
After about 5 minutes add the star anise, bay leaf and vanilla bean (split and scraped).
Once the tomatoes have begun to soften help break them down using a potato masher.
Add garlic that has been roughly smashed with your hand or with the flat of your knife. Add the sugar.
If you taste and think you have added a bit too much sugar you can add just a touch of balsamic vinegar to balance out the sweetness.
Continue cooking slowly.
Once you have reached your desired consistency add the olive oil.
Taste and adjust seasonings.
Add the basil, leave the leaves whole for a rustic look and feel, mix in and allow to wilt.
First published: 2010-04-18 last updated: 2014-04-16
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