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Tomato sauce is a staple in my house. I use it all the time. It’s such a versatile/essential meal accompaniment; pasta, pizza, lasagne, meatballs, dips…the list goes on. Rather than buy jars of the stuff, a few years ago I started making my own inspired by a simple recipe on a blog [note: I was going to link the blog but I cannot find it anywhere!]. After realising that making tomato sauce at home was A) easy B) far tastier and C) far more nutritious, I haven’t so much as looked at a shop bought jar of sauce since.
Serves 1-2 (or a few pizza bases)
1 Cup tomatoes (any type, I tend to use whatever’s cheapest)
1/4 onion (optional, adds additional flavour)
1 small garlic clove (optional, adds additional flavour)
Small handful basil
1 tsp Oregano (or Italian seasoning)
½ cup water
Salt & Pepper
Add the following to either a food processor/blender (if you have one) or a jug (& use a hand blender): tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, half the water (1/4 cup).
Blend to your desired consistency. I prefer it smooth, but if you like chunky bits of tomato and onion that’s absolutely fine.
Oil a pan and add the tomato mixture. Cook on a medium heat. The sauce will change from pinky red to a richer, brighter red as it cooks through. After about 5 minutes, turn the heat down and allow the sauce to gently simmer for a further 5 – 10 minutes. Add the additional water if required and season to your taste. If you wish, you could add extra herbs for more flavour.
Feel free to experiment with flavours, find what your taste buds like. Food should be fun.
A sauce you can enjoy in so many ways …
Dip with fresh veggies