Basic Tomato Sauce

One thing I’ve always been lacking is a great go-to tomato sauce recipe, so I decided to finally go and find one. Store bought sauces can be great, but they’re often loaded with sugar, and that just isn’t in line with my new healthier way of eating. The best basic sauce, in my opinion, is one that you can alter in order to swing it in whatever direction you need. Whether you want it for pasta, or pizza, all you need to do is add a little more or a little less of particular ingredients and you can easily get the taste that you’re looking for. This particular tomato sauce seems to be exactly what I was looking for.

For the record, I’m not a big fan of chunks of tomato. The texture just creeps me out sometimes. But if you happen to like it, just substitute one of the cans of crushed tomatoes for whatever chunky tomato you prefer. Just pay attention to volume, so that you don’t end up with too much or too little liquid.

This tomato sauce is so easy, just onion and garlic until the onion has softened and garlic just barely starts to brown.

Onion and garlic

Once that done, throw in the rest of the ingredients, stir it up, and simmer it for 30-45 minutes. Viola, all done.

Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 (28-oz) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Heat oil in a med-large size pot
  2. Add onions and cook for a few minutes
  3. Add garlic and cook for another few minutes
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

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