Perfect Tomato Sauce

tomato sauceThis tomato sauce couldn’t be easier or tastier!  It’s my go-to sauce for everything pasta…pizza…or bread!  My favorite dinner is: buy some crusty bread, smear the inside with lots of garlic-butter, bake it until it’s warm and crusty, tear it apart and dip it into this sauce with a nice glass (or two) of cab…O-M-G!  Perfect dinner!!!  Who needs meat and pasta when you have bread and sauce?! So… I have some news.  No, I’m not pregnant.  We’ve got one, I think we’re done! 🙂  I’m becoming a plant lady!  Yes, you read that correctly.  A plant lady.  As of today, I have two pretty decent size plants, an orchid (that I’ve had since Mother’s Day 2017!), and a poinsettia that are all completely dependent on ME for water and love!  I was totally inspired by one of my childhood best friends, Priscilla…(side note:  you should totally go check out her blog – it’s one of my favorites!) to fill my house up with pretty plants.  Okay, maybe not “fill it up” per say, but I’m adding a little green to the place.  My next plant buy will be a couple outdoor plants AND I’m growing an herb garden!  Can you tell I’m excited?!  🙂 🙂 🙂

I know this may sound cray-cray…but I’ve been researching ways to grow a little veggie garden on my patio.  As soon as I find a way to do it, and actually DO IT, I’ll give the details!   Okay, enough about my plants for now.  If you need a super delish tomato sauce for pasta night or homemade pizza night, I’ve got you covered!  I will tell you, the longer this sits, the better it tastes.  When I make it, I like to make it early in the afternoon and let it simmer until evening.  If you don’t have time to do that, no worries!  It’s still really yummy regardless…that’s just my preference!

I gave a couple different variations in the recipe to kick it up a notch if you want!  Make it a creamy tomato sauce by adding a cup of heavy cream (or canned coconut milk for my non-dairy peeps). You can make it a little more hearty by adding mushrooms.  Or if you’re a meat-eater, add your pound of ground beef or whatever meat you prefer!  ❤

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Perfect Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 4 - 5 cups
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My go-to Tomato Sauce that I use for EVERYTHING!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 – 28 ounce can organic fire roasted whole tomatoes OR 2 – 15 ounce cans organic diced tomatoes
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans organic tomato sauce
  • 2 – 3 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 – 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • couple pinches of crushed red pepper, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • one big handful of chopped parsley

Want to make it creamy?!  Add 1 cup of heavy cream or canned coconut milk (full fat) about 15 minutes before serving.  Want it to be a little meaty without the meat?  Add 2 cups of sliced or quartered baby bella mushrooms to the sauce about 30 minutes before serving.  Want actual meat?!  Add a pound of your favorite ground meat to the pan FIRST, if it has a lot of fat, I would drain some.  Then proceed with the garlic and onions. SO good!!!

Directions:

  1. In Dutch oven or large skillet with high sides on medium-high heat, add the olive oil.  Let it get super hot and add the onion and garlic.  Saute until translucent, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  2. Next, add the whole (or diced) tomatoes.  If using whole tomatoes, crush them up a bit with the back of your spoon.  Add the tomato sauce and all of the seasonings.  Stir well.  Bring to a slight bubble for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to low/simmer, cover it with a lid, and let the sauce cook for as long as possible.  If you don’t have a lot of time to let it sit, you may want to add a couple tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken it up a bit.
  3. Right before serving, add the chopped parsley.
  4. You can use this sauce for pasta night.  It’s perfect in lasagna or other baked pastas.  I use this sauce for homemade pizzas, too.  I just reduce the amount I make by about half!
  5. You can store in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days or freeze it in a Ziplock bag (I lay the bag flat on a sheet pan so when it freezes it doesn’t take up a lot of room!) for an easy week night dinner.  Enjoy!

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5 Comments

  1. Priscilla says:

    Oh my gosh, thank you for showing me some love on here, it caught me off guard and made me smile 🙂 I can’t wait to see your herb garden and also to try this sauce. Red sauce and breadsticks is one of my favorite meals!!

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