The Basics: Easy Tomato Sauce

Homemade tomato sauceI’m all about cutting back on processed food. I like most of my meals to be made from scratch, but lets face it, who has time for that? I’m a busy lady with three jobs and a wedding to plan, I don’t have time to stand over a stove all day!

That’s why I have a few basic recipes like this. A super easy,  no nonsense tomato sauce that tastes homemade, but has a few key shortcuts (like using canned whole tomatoes rather than a billion raw tomatoes!) that let you do other things and not get stuck in the kitchen all day!

Makes about 8 cups of sauce

2 cans whole plum tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, minced
salt and pepper
2-3 tsp chili flakes
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Blend tomatoes with their juices (I like to leave them a little bit chunky). In a large sauce pan with a lid, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent and fragrant. Add garlic and sun dried tomatoes and cook another 2-3 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes, and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer 30 minutes. Throw in rosemary right at the end.

This sauce will last about a week in the fridge, or up to 6 months in the freezer.

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