Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Homemade Tomato Sauce




Homemade tomato sauce is my favorite and most often used recipe.  I know it's already been featured on my blog, but it was one of my first posts back in July when I started blogging.  Since then, I've added step by step pictures and thought this was a recipe that deserved a remake!

Since making this recipe for the first time, I vowed to never buy tomato sauce out of a jar again.  For those of you that do, there's nothing wrong with it, but after making it homemade and seeing how easy, inexpensive, and delicious it is- I just couldn't turn back!

This recipe is a healthier alternative to jarred sauce because you're controlling the ingredients.  No preservatives or additives in this recipe!

Not only is it good for you, but the simmer process creates an amazing aroma in the house that brings a wonderful warm feeling that I welcome with open arms during these cold winter days.

My intention in starting my blog was finding recipes that create a cozy, "homey" atmosphere in the house my husband and I had moved into.  This recipe is the epitome of those emotions I love to evoke through cooking.  A large pot of homemade tomato sauce simmering on the stove for hours on a Sunday afternoon feels just like home.

Made up of fresh, simple, and pantry staple items, this recipe is in constant rotation in my kitchen!

Recipe Tips
  • Make a pot and separate them into various sized Tupperware containers to freeze for later.  Make sure to store your sauce in a few small, 1 cup containers to use for those nights you're looking to make a quick meal for 1.  Also, freeze some in a 1 quart container for a night you're in the mood to make lasagna or baked ziti!
  • To defrost, just run some hot water over your container.  Once your sauce loosens from the Tupperware, transfer it to a small pot.  Heat on medium/low until your sauce is back to the liquid form and is warm enough to serve (about 15 minutes)
  • If you want to speed this recipe up, simmer for less time.  The longer you simmer the more the flavors infuse together, but if you're stretched on time your sauce will still be delicious!




Start with roughly chopping your onion and mincing your garlic:

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Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large stock pot and saute your onions and garlic over medium/high heat until translucent, about 5-8 minutes:

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Then remove the lid from your tomato cans:

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Add all of your ingredients to the stock pot: tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper:

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Mix until combined.  Raise your temperature to high/medium to bring to a  boil.  Then lower your heat to low/medium to cook at a low simmer for 1 hour:

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Then using a hand blender, puree your sauce:


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Until your sauce is smooth and no longer chunky.  If you like a chunkier sauce, puree until you've reached your desired consistency:

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Continue to simmer for another 20-30 minutes:

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Then serve with spaghetti or use in any dish!


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Homemade Tomato Sauce
Mom's recipe
Makes: about 10 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup minced garlic
3, 28 oz. cans of tomato (I like to use diced tomatoes or if you like a sweeter sauce I also use stewed)
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon oregano
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional if you like a little heat- add after pureeing)

Directions
Start with roughly chopping your onion and mincing your garlic. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large stock pot and saute your onions and garlic over medium/high heat until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.  Then remove the lid from your tomato cans.  Add all of your ingredients to the stock pot: tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Mix until combined.  Raise your temperature to high/medium to bring to a  boil.  Then lower your heat to low/medium to cook at a low simmer for 1 hour.  Then using a hand blender, puree your sauce.  Until your sauce is smooth and no longer chunky.  If you like a chunkier sauce, puree until you've reached your desired consistency.  Continue to simmer for another 20-30 minutes then serve with spaghetti or use in any dish!
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9 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I am going to make it, and freeze it like you do! Thanks!

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  2. I have never been good at making recipes and freezing them. But I am inspired now. This looks like such a great basic recipe to have on hand. Thanks!

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  3. I always freeze my sauce so when I am in a bind I can just take it out and add goodies to it or eat it just like yours. Great post.

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  4. I make my own sauce also. I posted my recipe on my blog this past month but I believe I like the sound of your recipe even better! I really like your blog. Glad I found it!

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  5. I just made tomato sauce tonight for spaghetti. Making your own homemade sauce is the best. :)

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  6. Looks delicious! I love a good homemade sauce and you can't beat the aroma as it simmers ... ummmm !

    I would recommend a San Marzano canned tomato - a teeny bit more in price but well worth it!

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  7. There is nothing quite like a homemade tomato sauce and like you say, it is so versatile.
    :-) Mandy

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  8. I made a very similar recipe but it also called for roasted red peppers. I found it to be a great addition, a perfect little sweetness added.

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  9. This looks wonderful. And perfect for pizza too. Yum.

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