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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Easy Tomato Sauce] Homemade Versatile Sauce for High Utilization

There are a few reasons I make my own tomato sauce. I had bought jarred tomato sauce before, and decided to make my own sauce forever. I can tell two of the many reasons I've made my own sauce:

First, Jarred tomato sauce is too salty for my taste. 

Personally, I try to use sodium moderately or as little as possible, for my cooking. I like my tomato sauce slightly bland so that I can add other ingredients and seasoning freely later when I add tomato sauce to other dishes. I've made this tomato sauce for more than 10 years, and at least twice a month. Once you have this sauce ready in the fridge, you can prepare some hearty meal in 15-20 minutes. 

Second, It's too expensive. :(  I use tomato sauce for lots of different dishes, e.g. lasagna, beef pot pie, pasta, etc.
A 700ml(24 oz) jar of tomato sauce is over $4, and I need more than a jar a week. You might say it's not so bad, but it costs less than half to make your own healthier sauce. 

Such as beef pot pie

I can easily say that I've made this sauce more than 200 times. I can assure  you that it's really really easy to make your own tomato sauce. 

Here goes the easiest tomato sauce recipe:

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning
2 cans unsalted diced (28 oz/796 mL) tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup fresh basil (optional)
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme 
* I am a big oregano fan. Oregano upgrades any italian dish from pizza to pasta.


1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.
2. Saute garlic to bring out flavour for 5 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes and bring to boil; Add fresh herbs.

4. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-50 minutes, until the watery diced tomato becomes no longer watery. 

5. Add Italian seasoning and oregano, and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

6. You can either use as it is, or blend it, if you want.

Actually active time is only 10 minutes or less.  It tastes simple, but great.


Homemade Tomato Sauce


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