One twisted forkful of this creamy tomato sauce laden linguine, and you’ll be making this a weekly staple! Sauce Tomate À La Tante Ella translates to Aunt Ella’s Tomato Sauce. I absolutely love this sauce for its complex flavors and creamy texture. My personal spin includes the addition of fresh grape tomatoes to the sauce a few minutes before serving. I wanted to impart some textural contrast as well as an acidic component to the dish. And the grape tomatoes do just that with each crisp and juicy bite! This is the tomato sauce that was served atop of steaming linguine noodles throughout my childhood. It is named after my Mom’s Aunt Ella, whom I presume made the sauce famous within the family. I met Tante Ella once when I was five years old whilst on a family vacation in Switzerland. She has since passed, but my memories of her kindness and compassion stay with me always. Every time I prepare the sauce, no matter where I am, I feel like I am paying homage to Tante Ella. Having the opportunity to share such a beloved family recipe evokes a sense of pride within me, but more importantly, I know Tante Ella would be proud too.
Gather and prepare the ingredients! Spices are what gives this its unique flavor profile.
This tomato sauce is not only easy to prepare, it is also ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!
After you have sautéed the ham, garlic, chopped tomatoes and a few spices, it is time to add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let all the flavors mingle.
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 200g black forest ham sliced, then cut into ½” x 2” strips
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon curry powder
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ½ cube of chicken bouillon
- dash of Tabasco
- 1 can tomato puree/paste, 6oz
- 1 cup water
- handful of grape tomatoes (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
- ¼ - ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low-medium heat and add to it garlic, ham and tomatoes. Using a wooden spoon, stir ingredients together, making sure the garlic does not burn and let cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in all of the seasonings and take a moment to enjoy the fragrance. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Next, add tomato paste, and water and let the sauce cook over low heat until all flavors are present and consistent through, about 5 minutes.
- Lastly, add the cream and let sauce simmer over low heat for another 5 minutes or so.
- Ladle over heaps of steaming linguine or spaghetti. Serve some salad with this dish and a glass of lovely pinot noir. Ein Gute!