Homemade Tomato Sauce and Chicken Broth

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Chicken Broth Recipe: Instead of using bouillon cubes, and tomato paste, make your own. It is easy and you know what goes in it.

Two years ago I asked my readers a question: “Do we really do this?”. The full question was “do we Dominicans really use sopitas (bouillon cubes) so much?”. The question came after a discussion with some online friends on the subject. Coming from a family in which cooking with natural ingredients was the norm, I rarely ever use industrial seasonings in my home and in the recipes I write both for our blog and for my clients.

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Chicken Broth Recipe: Instead of using bouillon cubes, and tomato paste, make your own. It is easy and you know what goes in it.

When I started writing Dominican recipes I often did list these ingredients. A few times some people complained that my recipes were not authentic because this dish, or that other, did not contain seasonings or sopita. As time passed I came to the conclusion that a) This is our blog, I write the recipes. And b) If I wouldn’t serve something to my family, why would I “serve” it to my readers?

Since we moved to a blog format nearly 3 years ago I have been re-writing and re-shooting all our old recipes. They reflect my cooking style better (plus better pictures). They won’t be to everybody’s liking, but there was never a chance I would please everybody.

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Chicken Broth: Instead of using bouillon cubes, and tomato paste, make your own. It is easy and you know what goes in it.

Nowadays you see I list “tomato sauce” instead of  “tomato paste” in my recipes. I list “chicken broth” or “vegetable broth” instead of bouillon cubes. You can buy pretty decent tomato sauces in the supermarket — which contain no artificial coloring, as opposed to a lot of  tomato pastes. You can also buy low-sodium and low-fat broths. But, why not make it at home? It’s cheaper, it’s healthier, you know what’s in your food. Better yet, it’s easy, very easy.

Trust me, as recipes go, this cannot get any easier. It’s just “set it and forget it”, in the inmortal words of Ron Popeil.

Aunt Clara

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Homemade Tomato Sauce and Chicken Broth Recipe: Instead of using bouillon cubes, and tomato paste, make your own. It is easy and you know what goes in it.
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Serves: 8 cups of each
Ingredients
For the tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 10 lb [4.5 kg] of very ripe tomatoes, rinsed and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper (optional)
For the caldo de pollo
  • 2 lb [0.9 kg] of chicken bones
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 head of garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano leaves
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 cup of bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper, freshly cracked
  • 3 qt [3 lt] of water
Instructions
For the tomato sauce
  1. In a large thick-bottom pot heat the oil over very low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until the garlic is very soft. Add the tomato and pepper.
  2. Cover and simmer until the tomatoes are very soft.
  3. Remove from the heat and let them cool down.
  4. Blend until it turns into a soft paste.
  5. Separate into 1-cup portions and freeze.
For the caldo de pollo
  1. Mix chicken, onion, garlic, oregano, celery, bell pepper and pepper.
  2. Add 2 quarts of water, cover and simmer over low heat for an hour and a half. Add more water when it becomes necessary to maintain the same level.
  3. Remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
  4. Strain and get rid of solids.
  5. Separate into 1 cup portions and freeze.
Notes
This is a substitute for tomato sauce and paste for cooking. I use the whole tomatoes because the peel gives it more color.

To make the broth buy a chicken, bone it and use just the bones to make the broth. Nothing to waste.

Comments

  1. Maire

    Love your blog. Am learning so much about ways to prepare plantain (one of my favourites) and making gluten & grain free bread from your site.

    Could you please answer a couple of questions:

    1. Is the flavour of the Chicken broth affected significantly by the colour of the bell pepper used. We have red, yellow/orange, and green here. I’m presuming that you’re using the green variety, but wondered how different it would be if a red one were used.

    2. Would it affect the flavour of the broth significantly if a poblano pepper were used instead of a bell pepper?

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