July 29, 2011

Tomato Sauce


It was about time that I made homemade Tomato Sauce. I remember my Mama's white apron with bright red tomato sauce splatters when I still lived at home. This to me was love. When I'd walked into the house from school and the aroma of simmering tomato sauce was present I knew Mama put a lot of love into dinner. Nothing compared to her sauce.

I don't have her recipe. I'm sure she didn't even use one. I don't ever recall my Mama really pulling out cookbooks. I decided to wing it and make my own Tomato Sauce.

My Tomato Sauce has a little bit of a kick. It might be too spicy for little ones. My little man didn't seem to notice the heat until he got through half his bowl. I'm sure most won't be using spicy garlic olive oil like I did however. Adjust the seasonings to your liking. Perfect over pasta or with Chicken Parmesan. Enjoy!

Tomato Sauce
Makes 1 1/2 cups sauce

Stars of the Show:
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil - I used Sotto Voce Spicy Garlic Olive Oil.
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1/4 cup red wine - I used Shiraz.
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
And Action:

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion powder and garlic. Add the tomatoes, wine, and red pepper flakes. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the salt and basil. Serve over pasta noodles.

Marking #2 off my "Stir The Pot" page. 1 down, 24 to go. 

13 comments:

Fallon said...

The red wine must give it a nice kick!

Jay said...

a really awesome recipe..sounds great..
Tasty Appetite

Pretend Chef said...

Fallon - For me, when wine is added in a recipe it makes me giddy. It was perfect in this sauce.

Jay - Thank you!

Brenda said...

I love spice and I love wine - how could I not love this sauce? Sounds yummy!

Jeanette said...

Yum, there's nothing better than a pot of homemade sauce, so versatile and perfect now that tomatoes are in season.

Pretend Chef said...

Brenda - The flavor was even better the next day.

Jeanette - I can't wait to remake this with fresh tomatoes instead. Just like my mama did.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely homemade tomato paste

Pretend Chef said...

Torviewtoronto - Thank you!

Baking Serendipity said...

Chicken parmesan with this sauce sounds absolutely amazing. I'd say you are out of your meal funk for sure :)

Pretend Chef said...

Baking Serendipity - I am out of the meal funk. I'm just working on eating up all of the odds and ends I bought while I had no motivation to cook. This pasta sauce was one of those recipes. Just throw in whatever.

The Country Cook said...

Awwww....nothing ever compares to Mommas - nothing! Love this!!

Pretend Chef said...

Brandie - I KNOW! I miss my mama's cooking so much!

theoncominghope said...

That looks lovely. Ahhh ambition. Instead I give you this:

Not your grandma's recipe! Perfect tomato sauce with minimal effort and maximum fun: http://bit.ly/pg65rd

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