I think they may use fresh tomatoes for their recipe though and as it is only March, we don’t have any growing in our cold little climate yet. But I will soon be planting my tomato seeds and crossing my fingers and toes for a good summer 🙂 When you say a good summer in Ireland, it does not refer to a good time; we are talking about the weather!!
Today I feel like tasting some sunshine while still keeping warm and cosy 🙂
1 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 quantity béchemal sauce
300 ml chicken stock
2 400 g tins tomatoes
1 large handful fresh basil leaves
1 tsp sugar
25 g butter
25 g flour
200 ml milk
1 sprig fresh thyme
salt black pepper
Melt the butter in a saucepan, once melted add the flour and mix over a low heat until the flour has cooked out. Add the milk a little at a time whisking constantly. You may feel that you need a little extra milk at this stage if the sauce is too thick – that is ok! Add the thyme, salt and black pepper. Allow to sit on a low heat.
This sauce works great with fish too!
Fry the onion until soft in a saucepan. Add the tinned tomatoes and sugar and stir.
At this stage I just add everything into the saucepan and stir, it couldn’t be more simple.
Leave the pot to simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. If you have a stove, this is ideal, otherwise on a really low hob.
Do not allow to boil as the tomatoes only like a gentle heat… and this is best eaten hot, not boiling to taste the flavour!
Blend and enjoy with some crusty bread 🙂