STEVE’S GINGER GARLIC MUSHROOM TOMATO SAUCE
The title says it all – about Steve and his many sauces: hafta have ginger, garlic, mushroom, tomato, roasted peppers and of course extra virgin olive oil.
Eh Steve, thatsa lotsa garlic and ginger!! You sure the wife got thata one right, Aye, she limited me on this one!! Not too much, she said.
Makes 10 cups
2 T. extra virgin olive oil – Napoleon brand
8 oz. crimini mushrooms (baby bellas), washed and diced – 1/2 inch cubes
8 oz. white button mushrooms, washed and diced – 1/2 inch cubes
1 t. pink Himalayan salt
1 whole bulb garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 c. fresh, peeled ginger matchsticks
12 oz. jar sweet red roasted peppers including liquid, diced – 1/2 inch squares – Napoleon brand
12 oz. can tomato paste with 2 cans water – Gia Russa brand
28 oz. can seasoned diced tomatoes – Gia Russo brand
2 t. garlic powder
salt and fresh grind pepper to taste
1- In extra-large skillet, over medium heat, melt oil.
2- Add all mushrooms at once plus salt. Stir well to coat with oil and saute while prepping the garlic and ginger.
3- Add garlic and ginger, stir well and saute till ginger sticks become pliable.
4- Add tomato paste with water. Stir well into the mushrooms.
5- Add seasoned diced tomatoes. Stir well.
6- Add garlic powder, stir, then salt and pepper to taste.
7- Cook on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.
8- Remove from heat. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Notes: Gia Russa Seasoned Diced Tomatoes taste like stewed tomatoes. I was surprised when I tasted the sauce, thinking I had bought plain diced tomatoes.
Actually, I like that I didn’t have to cut them up as I usually do with stewed tomatoes.
In fact, I had stewed in the pantry and decided not to use them because I wanted the larger can of diced.
The short story is that I like them. The long story is that they should be labeled stewed, not seasoned. Seasoned denotes herb and spice, not sugar. Still good, but now I know to look at the small print when I read a canned tomato label.