Fresh Tomato Sauce with Saffron

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Saffron

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996

Try serving this saffron-infused tomato sauce over hot asparagus.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon powdered saffron, or ½ teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • 1 medium-large or 2 small tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


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  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until lightly colored, about 30 seconds. Add saffron and stir for 5 seconds more. Stir in broth and sherry and simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 5 minutes. Transfer sauce to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. Just before serving, stir in tomatoes and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Tip: To peel a tomato, cut an “X” in the bottom, drop it in boiling water for a few seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool briefly; the skin will peel off readily.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 13 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 138 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 37 mg sodium; 38 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: Free Food

Reviews 2

October 30, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I approve of using saffron and like the taste; however being a vegetarian I would substitute vegetable stock which since I steam a great deal of veggies is no problem, and sodium is no problem either (who on earth would add salt to steaming water?) Plus I think dry sherry may well be tasty but (a) is not that easy to find having fallen out of fashion, sadly, and (b) adds unnecessary calories; true, not that many calories, but what with the exceptionally delicate flavour and extreme expense of the saffron why add sherry too?
October 29, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Not enough saffron.
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