Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tomato Sauce

This tomato sauce is easy to make and can be ready in under 30 minutes. I use this sauce for chicken parm, penne ala vodka, pizza and basically anything you need a tomato sauce for.

Whole Peeled Plum Tomato - 1 can (1 lb 12oz) 
        I prefer Hunts 
Tomato Paste - 1 can (6 oz) 
        I prefer Hunts
Spanish Onion, chopped - 1/2 cup
Carrots, chopped - 1/2 cup
Garlic, chopped - 2 teaspoons
Sundried Tomato, chopped - 2 Tablespoon
Paprika - 1 teaspoon
All-Purpose Seasoning - 1 Tablespoon
Fennel Seeds: 1/2 teaspoon
Bay Leaf- 1 each
Fresh Basil -  4-6 leaves
Fresh Thyme Leaves - 1 Tablespoon
Fresh Rosemary - 1 Tablespoon
Red Wine Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
Olive Oil - 2 Tablespoons
Light Brown Sugar - 1-3 Tablespoons

1.  In a medium sauce pot heat the oil over medium-high heat, then add onions, carrots, garlic, sundried tomato, all the seasonings & fresh or frozen basil. Cook the mixture until onions start to darken around the edges. 

2.  Reduce to medium heat and add the red wine vinegar to the pot to deglaze, stirring and allow the vinegar to cook off for 1-2 minutes.

3.  Then add the tomato, tomato paste & sugar (add desired amount, I usually use 2) Allow to come to a boil and then lower flame to allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth, then have a taste to see if you prefer more sugar.  If so then add and blend a little longer.  Return to pot to hold until your ready to use it or allow to cool and store in an air tight container in refrigerator for later use.