Perhaps the best tomato sauce EVER
…said my husband. I wish I had recorded this, especially since he fancies himself “the king of sauces” in our household.
I came across this sauce recipe in Today’s Parent…it pairs it with spaghetti squash, but I served it with penne (the pasta that holds the most sauce) so I could maximize its yumminess.
Simple Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (omit if picky kid doesn’t take the heat)
2 cans (28 oz) good-quality plum tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add garlic and pepper flakes (warning: spicey, so leave out if picky kid not a fan of the heat) and cook for 2 minutes
Add canned tomatoes with juice (leaving them whole until later will reduce bitterness from the seeds), oregano, basil, salt and pepper
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook at a lively simmer, stirring often for 20 minutes
Break up tomatoes with a potato masher (seriously, mash the helloutta them), and continue to simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Add balsamic vinegar, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
Serve over pasta of your choice, sprinkle parmesan on top. Grab some parsley from the garden for a wee bit of garnish! Yum, perfect, enjoy!