Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

First time making tomato sauce from scratch. Being a Breast Cancer Survivor, I have to avoid canned food, thus no canned tomato which I used to buy to make my sauce. But now I have to use fresh tomato to make the tomato sauce for tomorrow Pasta. I googled to see how it is being made. The basic tomato sauce is quite easy to make actually. I tried it and no regrets. It was delicious. You can add seafood or meatballs to the sauce or just served as a stand alone sauce for vegetarians. My hubby is a meat eater so I added Meatballs for him.  The sauce can be prepared a day before.  The sauce can sit in the fridge for 3 days in air tight container or for a month in the freezer.

this is how I served it with beef balls. 
the meatballs are first cooked in the oven. Once they are cooked, add to the tomato sauce and simmer for a few mins under low fire.  
the roasted garlic and onions and dried Oregano brings out the aroma of the sauce and the sauce taste really good. I will not buy ready made sauce from now on.

simmer over low heat for an hour till sauce thickens
blend the fresh tomato and leave some chunks for better texture
choose ripe tomatoes for making the sauce

I added Sun Dried Tomato to further enhance the flavour of the sauce

Ingredients for this basic tomato sauce
for two persons

8 med size ripe tomatoes - dice and blend ( leave some chunks)
A few pieces of sun dried tomato in olive oil- chopped
4 med size red onions - diced
4 cloves of roasted  garlic - chopped
Olive oil - generous amount
1/2 tbsp of Dried Oregano
1tsp of dried mixed herb
1tsp ground black pepper
Salt to taste

Saute garlic in olive oil till fragrant, add in the diced onions, stir fry till I
onions has turned translucent. Add in the blended tomato and simmer over med heat. Half way thru cooking ,add in dried Oregano and black pepper. Continue simmering the tomato sauce till sauce thickens, add salt to taste.

Note: You can add a tsp of sugar if you like but being a Cancer Survivor, I omitted sugar.

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