Thursday, February 19, 2009

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Jar sauces always have things in them I don't like. It's so disappointing to make a nice plate of tortellini and pass off your dinner to your roommates because you hate the sauce you poured on it. So, so sad. So I don't buy jar sauce anymore, which is no surprise to anyone who has eaten even one meal around me.

Making your own sauce is really easy, moreso if you have a blender. If you don't have a blender, substitute the diced tomatoes with tomato sauce (the plain kind), and chop your onions etc fine enough to suit your taste. I prefer less chopping and throwing everything in the blender later on, but that might have a lot to do with how funny my cats are when the blender scares them.

Tomato Sauce
1/2 medium onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tsp rosemary
2 tbsp red wine
28-oz can diced tomatoes

In a sauce pot, simmer the garlic and onion in butter and olive oil until softened and the onions are clear. Add the tomatoes and spices and stir well, then simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes or so. Add more spices as desired. Put the sauce in a blender and give it a few pulses until the tomatoes are pureed to a thickness you prefer. Pour back into the sauce pot and add the red wine, and simmer a little while longer.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah I haven't bought jar sauce in years. Its gross. And its no good for you. Both your and my recipes for tomato sauce are 0 pts on Weight Watchers, so ya know. And I use red pepper olive oil in mine so its spiiiiiicy like i likes. and red pepper flakes. and an unnecessary amount of black pepper.