Tomato and Red Pepper Pasta Sauce (vegan) / Šalša od rajčica i crvenih paprika (veganska)

I already posted several iterations of tomato pasta sauce on this blog, but it’s been a few years since the last one. While on vacation, I decided that I want to make a batch of this homemade deliciousness to brighten up the prospect of those upcoming and inevitable gloomy winter days. Even though roasted tomato sauce is still my absolute favorite, this stovetop version is also very delicious. Also, I decided to store the finished sauce jars in my pantry instead of the freezer, since freezer space is very scarce at the moment, so the whole preparation method is a little bit different.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 12 medium jars / 0.72 EUR per jar / 8.62 EUR for all)

¼ cup olive oil (0.33 EUR)

1 kilo onions (0.80 EUR)

1 kilo red peppers (1.33 EUR)

1 garlic bulb (0.27 EUR)

4 kilos of very ripe tomatoes (5.33 EUR)

1 tbsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp garlic powder (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp red pepper flakes (0.05 EUR)

1 tbsp dried oregano (0.13 EUR)

3 bay leaves (0.08 EUR)

2 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp vinegar (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp preservative (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, clean and chop up all the veggies. Add the oil, onions and red peppers to a large pot on high heat and saute for about 10 minutes to slightly caramelize. Add in minced garlic, chopped tomatoes, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, then cook with a lid cracked open for 2-3 hours, while stirring occasionally. The longer the sauce simmers, the thicker and tastier it will be. While the sauce is simmering, wash and sterilize your jars.

Once the sauce is finished simmering, fish out and discard bay leaves and pulse to desired thickness with an immersion blender. If needed, you can cook the sauce a bit more to thicken it up, but mine was perfect at this point. Stir in sugar, vinegar and preservative. Taste and adjust seasoning, then fill up your sterilized jars while the sauce is still hot. Wipe the jar rims clean with some vinegar, then seal and allow to cool completely, before storing the jars in a cool dark place. The sauce should keep stored like that for at least a year.

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Na blogu sam već objavila nekoliko iteracija šalše, no od zadnjeg je recepta prošlo par godina. Dok sam bila na godišnjem odlučila sam napraviti rundu šalše da imam sa čime razveseliti nadolazeće tmurne i mračne zimske dane koji nas neizbježno očekuju. Iako mi je šalša od pečenih rajčica i dalje najnajdraža, ova verzija koja se kuha na štednjaku mi je također super. Osim toga, ovu sam turu šalše odlučila čuvati u teglicama u špajzi, pošto u zamrzivaču više nemam mjesta za baš ništa, tako da je samim time i postupak pripreme onda nešto drugačiji.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 12 srednjih teglica / 5,40 kn po teglici / 64.85 kn za sve)

¼ šalice maslinovog ulja (2,50 kn)

1 kg luka (6,00 kn)

1 kg crvenih paprika roga (10,00 kn)

1 cijela glavica češnjaka (2,00 kn)

4 kg jako zrelih rajčica (40,00 kn)

1 žlica soli (0,05 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

1 žlica češnjaka u prahu (1,00 kn)

1 žličica sušenog čilija u listićima (0,50 kn)

1 žlica sušenog origana (1,00 kn)

3 lovorova lista (0,60 kn)

2 žlice šećera (0,10 kn)

2 žlice octa (0,10 kn)

1 žličica konzervansa (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, očistite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Dodajte ulje, luk i paprike u veliki lonac na jakoj vatri i dinstajte desetak minuta da se sve blago karamelizira. Ubacite sjeckani češnjak, rajčice, sol, papar, češnjak u prahu, čili, origano i lovor, te dobro primiješajte. Pustite da zavrije, pa krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem 2-3 sata, uz povremeno miješanje. Što ćete duže krčkati šalšu, to će biti ukusnija i gušća, pa imajte to na umu. Dok se šalša krčka, operite i sterlizirajte teglice.

Kada je šalša gotova, ispecajte i bacite lišće lovora, pa sve propulsirajte štapnim mikserom do željene konzistencije. Po potrebi šalšu sada možete vratiti na štednjak da se još malo zgusne, ali moja je bila super ovakva. Umiješajte šećer, ocat i konzervans. Kušajte i prilagodite začine, te punite sterilizirane teglice dok je šalša još vruća. Rubove teglica prebrišite čistom krpom namočenom u ocat, zatvorite staklenke te ih ostavite da se ohlade do kraja, prije nego što ih odložite na čuvanje na hladno i mračno mjesto. Tako pospremljena, šalša bi vam trebala držati barem godinu dana.

Tomato and Red Pepper Pasta Sauce (vegan) / Šalša od rajčica i crvenih paprika (veganska)

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