Sauces

Simple Tomato Sauce

What a great way to start your Sunday morning….  a pot of sauce simmering on the stove    

Mmmm…. the wonderful smell of garlic, onions and tomatoes… all melding together in Italian symmetry

 Sometimes I’ll start a pot of sauce without a definite plan of what the application will be, but somehow tonight’s dinner will include tomato sauce in some way, shape or form

 This is a thinner version of our sauce which is simple enough to serve over pasta yet complex enough to gently simmer braciole

 Let’s cook!

 Finely chop one large onion and mince 4 cloves of garlic
(Did I mention we like to use a LOT of garlic??)

Sweat the onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent about 6-7 minutes

Stir frequently and lower the heat if they begin to brown at all  

If you overcook the onions, they give sauce a bitter taste  

 For a normal size pot of sauce, I add 3 cans of good quality tomatoes.  I choose either crushed or whole plum and blend them.  I never use the pre-seasoned canned tomatoes beacuse I like to add in my own flavor

 

 I should just leave the kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes on the counter

They go in everything! (well, not pancakes)

Add in the salt, pepper and pepper flakes plus bay leaves, garlic powder, onion powder, dry basil, dry oregano and a pinch of sugar

I’m a big fan of fresh herbs, but use the dry herbs as well for a different level of flavor 

 

Now, add in the chopped garlic.  I know many recipes saute the garlic with the onions, but we’ve found that you keep that garlicky freshness if you let it cook right in with the sauce

 
 

Stir to mix well and let the melding begin!

Simmer on low for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

In our house, it’s everyone’s job to keep an eye on the sauce.  If you pass by, give it a stir and be rewarded by a steaming tomato facial 

Next, add in some red wine.  I typically use a Cabernet because that’s mostly what we have on hand but any dry red will work 

 
 

 Grated Parmesan adds a little more depth to the flavor and a hint of saltiness 

 

 A tablespoon of tomato paste finishes off the list of ingredients

I prefer the kind in a tube because it stores really well in the fridge.  If you use the canned paste, you can freeze the leftover in plastic wrap  

 
 

Simmer for at least an hour.  Again, don’t forget to stir occasionally

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as necessary

 
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Enjoy!

 

Simply Sundays! ~ Simple Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 10 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients 

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 (28 oz.) cans crushed or whole peeled tomatoes

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 bay leaves

2 teaspoons each of:

garlic powder

onion powder

dry basil

dry oregano

and a pinch of sugar

 I cup dry red wine

1 cup grated Parmesan

1 tablespoon tomato paste

Directions

Finely chop one large onion and sweat the onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent about 6-7 minutes; stir the onions frequently and lower the heat if they begin to brown at all  

 Mince 4 cloves of garlic and set aside

Add 3 cans of good quality crushed tomatoes or whole plum, blended

Add in the salt, pepper, pepper flakes, bay leaves, garlic powder, onion powder, dry basil, dry oregano and a pinch of sugar & the chopped garlic.

Stir to mix well, simmer on low for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

Stir in red wine, parmesan cheese and tomato paste

Simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as necessary

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2 comments on “Simple Tomato Sauce

  1. Making this today and it smells so great! I ran out of oregano so instead of basil and oregano I used Italian Seasoning. Doubled it to freeze some. Using the sauce with stuffed shells and sausage.

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