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Perhaps the best tomato sauce EVER

June 22, 2010

…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!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2010 1:30 am

    Throw a finely diced shallot in the pan with the garlic and pepper, add some sun-dried tomatoes with the canned, maybe some stock, and use one of those immersible mixers you used to use for drinks, and I'm with you all the way!

  2. June 24, 2010 4:26 am

    The key to a good tomato sauce is also the quality of the canned tomato! Just wondering if you have a fave? We typically use the garden variety store Hunt's brand, but I find it great sometimes and just so-so others.

  3. June 25, 2010 12:18 am

    I often use my Braun hand-mixer (immersion mixer) but I like the potato masher since it creates a smooth yet non-pureed texture. As for quality tomatoes, hell no – I use what's on sale and what's low in salt usually! But I 100% agree, good sauce comes from high quality canned tomatoes. I would be tempted to try organic or a "real" Italian brand carried at a specialty shop like Gourmet Warehouse. Next time I'm there I will pick some up and compare. But for everyday, I totally cut corners.Such awesome comments & questions – thanks for sharing!

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