Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Very Simple, Basic, Tomato Sauce

This is the simplest of the simple tomato sauces. It's so easy to stir up, and many things can be added to it. It also freezes well, so it can be made ahead of time in anticipation of not having enough time to cook a homemade meal.

Add meatballs to this sauce, or scoop some of this sauce in with a bunch of freshly sauteed veggies to make a healthy pasta dinner. It would also be great as the sauce for eggplant or chicken parm. Or us it as a dipping sauce with bread. It's extremely diverse!

Simple Tomato Sauce
Makes 2 Servings

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cans chopped tomatoes which have been pulsed a few times in a chopper
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 heaping tsp sugar
salt to taste
handful of freshly chopped basil, and or parsley (optional)

Heat the oil in a shallow pan. Add the garlic, chili flakes, salt and pepper and saute. It is important to pay very close attention to the garlic. It should take 1-2 minutes for the garlic to become very lightly brown.

Have the tomatoes ready and add them to the pan. Stir all the ingredients together. Finally add the sugar and stir. Let the sauce simmer on a low heat for 10-20 minutes.

If you are planning to add basil or parsley, add it during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

It's possible to use fresh tomatoes for this recipe, but it would make it much more expensive and laborious. Also, tomatoes should be in season so that they actually have some flavor! If you do decide to use fresh tomatoes, they will need to be peeled and chopped. It would probably take 8-10 plum tomatoes to create the same amount of sauce.

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