March 30, 2009
Better Bites: Tomato Sauce
Have you ever read the labels on most pasta sauces? A lot of them have high fructose corn syrup in them and the rest of them have sugar, which is better than the HFCS, but still why cover up the flavor of the tomatoes by adding sweetness? Most of the time they aren't so acidic that you even need to add sugar, so why add it if they don't need it? Making you own sauce, is not only very simple, it's also extremely tasty as well!
This version of tomato sauce is my "winter" version utilizing dried herbs and canned tomatoes, but in the summer you can even utilize fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs! We'll get to that version this summer, but for now let's talk about the "winter" version instead!
What You'll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
4-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 - 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 - 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained (Note: You can use regular or fire roasted.)
In a medium sized stock pot sauté garlic and onion in a little extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper until onions are tender. Be sure to keep an eye on this so you don't burn your garlic.
Next add the herbs and then the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Bring to a quick boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook covered for at least an hour. (Note: The longer you cook it the more the flavors meld.)
Once cooked you can store it in the fridge in a glass canning jar for several weeks. Use to top pasta or as a sauce for pizza.
Notes: You can add other vegetables into the sauce. I like to add mushrooms and bell peppers if I'm using it as a pasta topper. I tend to leave it more plain, as in this state, when I'm going to use it for pizza sauce.
Posted by Dianne at March 30, 2009 12:30 PM
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thanks for sharing this! i am going to make some! can you freeze this recipe too? i can't wait for your summer version!
Posted by: heather at March 30, 2009 1:40 PM
I love a good sauce, this one looks perfecto!
Posted by: Maria at March 30, 2009 3:55 PM
Heather, I've never frozen it, but it should freeze perfectly!
Posted by: Dianne at March 30, 2009 4:07 PM
Posted by: heather at March 30, 2009 4:31 PM
This is very close to the "recipe" that I use, and it freezes beautifully! :) I make an extra large batch when I can and freeze half of it to use when I don't have the time/patience/ingredients to make it fresh.
Also, I do add just a little brown sugar when using canned tomatoes -- they seem to be a little more acidic than fresh, and hey! I'm from Minnesota. We seem to like our tomato sauce sweeter out here. :)
Posted by: Laurie in Mpls. at March 30, 2009 9:05 PM
I love proper home made sauce, your recipe sounds delicious.
Posted by: Sam at March 31, 2009 11:09 AM
I figured it would freeze pretty well. Thanks for letting us know Laurie!
There is nothing like a homemade sauce...it just comes together and pops so perfectly!
Posted by: Dianne at April 3, 2009 2:06 PM