Sunday, February 21, 2010

Easy Tomato Sauce

This is a sauce that I make at least once a month. I use it for putting over spaghetti, in lasagna, on my homemade pizza, and where ever else I want a flavorful tomato sauce. I got it from a OAMC cookbook at the library and copied it but I have since forgotten the name of the book. The original directions say to make it in the slow cooker but as you will see it can also be made on top of the stove, which I like better because I like sauteeing the onions before adding the other ingredients to give them a chance to get soft. If you don't want to do any chopping, you could also substitute dried onions or onion powder for the onion and garlic powder for the minced garlic.

Chop one large onion and saute in oil in a large pot for a few minutes until soft. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic the last couple of minutes but be careful not to let it burn.

Add 24 ounces of tomato sauce (3-8 ounce cans), 18 ounces of tomato paste (3-6 ounce cans), 3 cups water, 3 teaspoons oregano, 3/4 teaspoons basil, 3 teaspoons sugar, and 3/4 teaspoons pepper.

Let it simmer slowly for about half an hour. It will thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. This makes 2 quarts of sauce that you can freeze it in batches if you want.


Sherry said...

Oh, yum! This does sound easy!

Erin said...

I've never tried to make my own sauce, but you make it look doable.