Basic Everyday Tomato Sauce

by Handjobs For The Home on October 6, 2011

Everybody has their favorite way to make pasta sauce. Many even claim that their way to make sauce is simply the best. I make no such claim because every time I make sauce I make it a little different. It’s boring to make it the same way each time. I constantly crave change. Plus sometimes it’s fun to not have to follow a recipe.

Last week when I lugged home 30 lbs of tomatoes, I immediately began rummaging through all of my canning books to see what new and interesting sauces I could find. Beside the tomato sauce with capers and olives from Tart and Sweet, nothing really tickled my fancy. So I did what I often do—I took things into my own hands.

I decided that I’d make one fancy tomato sauce (the capers and olives), and the others would just be a variation on a basic, everyday sauce. In my opinion this is the best kind of sauce because you can always add things to it when whipping up something fast for an easy weeknight dinner.

Oh yeah, and Ira helped too…


Before I get to the recipe, some quick instructions on skinning and seeding tomatoes:

-Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
-Place enough tomatoes in the pot so that they are only one layer deep and not overcrowded. Give them a little room to swim around, do back flips, ya know—hang out.
-Boil tomatoes for one minute. Then, remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and transfer to an ice bath.
-When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, slip the peel off and remove the core as well as all the seeds.

**Note: you can save the guts and seeds and strain them to make tomato juice for a fabulous Bloody Mary.

Basic Everyday Tomato Sauce
Makes 4 Pints

What You’ll Need:

9 lbs of tomatoes—seeded, peeled and pureed in a blender until desired smoothness is reached.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 C diced onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp salt
3 bay leaves
1 Handful fresh chopped basil
1 Tbsp lemon juice per jar

Heat a large preserving pot with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and let cook for one minute, stirring continually to keep it from burning. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and let cook for another minute to allow for caramelization.

Add the tomato puree and bring to a boil. Once the sauce is boiling, reduce to a simmer, and add the oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and bay leaves.

Stir the sauce occasionally to prevent scorching, and allow to simmer for 45 minutes or until sauce has reach desired thickness. Once the sauce has reach a good consistency, turn the heat off and add the fresh basil.

Place 1 Tbsp of lemon juice in each pint jar and fill with sauce, leaving ½ inch of head space. Place in a hot water bath and process for 35 minutes.

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Adrienne Audrey October 7, 2011 at 2:31 am

Looks yummy and your dog is the cutest!

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Aj October 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Aww thanks Adrienne!

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