Tomato sauce is a staple in many households, but it can be time-consuming to make. This blog post will walk you through the process of making homemade tomato sauce, from start to finish. We’ll discuss which ingredients are necessary and how much of each ingredient you should use. If you’re looking for ways to save time in the kitchen this summer, this post is for you!
Step One: The first step is to gather the ingredients that you’ll need. For this recipe, we recommend using these ingredients:
– one 26oz can of crushed tomatoes
– two cloves of garlic
– half a medium onion or ¼ cup minced onions
– three tablespoons olive oil (this will become your tomato sauce base)
– one teaspoon dried oregano
– two tablespoons of sugar (this will help your sauce to thicken and add sweetness)
– salt (to taste – we recommend about ½ tablespoon, but this is a matter of preference!)
– pepper (we also recommend using about ¼ teaspoon for seasoning, again depending on personal preference)
– two teaspoons regular basil or three teaspoons fresh basil (if you have it on hand!)
Step Two: Chop your onion and garlic. You can also use a food processor to speed this step up, but we recommend chopping them by hand first for the best flavor!
Add these ingredients along with all of the other spices into an olive oil pan set over medium heat.
Stir well until everything is fragrant.
The next few steps should be done quickly so that they are heated together for optimal taste and texture.
once browned, add in tomatoes along with sugar and seasonings as desired.
It’s important to note here that you only need 26oz of crushed tomato sauce for this recipe.
Add in the crushed tomatoes and seasonings, then mix well until heated through completely – this should take about 15 minutes.
If desired, you can also add minced garlic or oregano at this point before mixing it all together again for an even better flavor!
After everything has been combined, turn off the heat and let it cool slightly while preparing your jars by wiping them with a damp towel and lining them up on a clean surface. Fill each jar halfway with sauce from the pan using tongs to distribute evenly (or pour into a pot)
Tomato sauce can be served on its own, over pasta, or with grilled meats. It’s a versatile dish that complements many recipes and is the perfect complement to any meal.
HOW TO SERVE & STORE
– Store your homemade tomato sauce in a glass jar for up to two weeks – just make sure you don’t put it in direct contact with metal when storing because it will corrode the contents of your jar.
I like to freeze tomato sauce in serving-sized freezer bags, flattened as much as possible. You can put the frozen sauce in the refrigerator. This will help it thaw. Then you can use it or reheat it when you want.
– The best way to reheat leftover sauces is by placing them into a boiling hot water bath, stirring occasionally until heated through – then serve warm!