Homemade tomato sauce offers you good economic value as well as good nutrition. This flavorful sauce typically costs less per serving than a comparable cream-based or meat-based sauce because its main ingredient costs relatively little.
|You'll need a bunch of these red rounds to make one!|
Tomato sauce has a place in cuisines from all over the world. You’ll find it in Italian pasta dishes, Mexican enchilada sauce…
But tomato-based sauce has long ago earned its status as a kitchen staple in the US as well, so you will all agree that learning to make one is a must for all new cooks and housewives alike!
Tomato sauce does wonders for the flavor of a plate of pasta or a slice of pizza, but more than that, it also provides essential nutrients. A cup of tomato sauce contains a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and fulfills half of your daily need for vitamin C.
|Here's a pasta recipe, drowned in a sea of red. YUM!|
Tomatoes are also naturally rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Depending on how it is prepared, tomato sauce also provides the necessary fiber.
Tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Serves: 6-8 people
- 5 pounds of fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeded (to peel, cut a small “x” on the top and drop in to boiling water for 10 seconds and drop in to an ice bath. Skin will easily peel off)
- 1 carrot (1/2 should be grated and added to sauce, the other half should be added at the end of cooking and then removed)
- ¼ cup olive oil (or tallow)
- 3 medium onions, diced
- 8 cloves of fresh garlic (or more to taste), finely minced
- ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme leaves (or ½ tsp dried)
- 1 sprig of fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
- 2 bay leaves (remove when done)
- 2 sprigs of parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1 tablespoon of honey 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Pour the olive oil into a large stockpot over medium heat. Add diced onions, garlic and grated carrots. Saute for 6-8 minutes or until onions are translucent and tender. Add tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, oregano, thyme bay leaves, parsley and sea salt.
- Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours or until cooked down and starting to darken. Add carrot piece for the last 30 minutes to absorb acidity. Remove sprigs of herbs and piece of carrot.
- Optional: Use an immersion blender to puree sauce until smooth (for a thicker sauce, skip this step). Use fresh or store in the fridge up to 1 week, or can it according to your canner’s instructions for tomato products.
|Here's your homemade fresh tomato sauce!|
Source: Diet of Life
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