December 6, 2010

Quickie Dinner- Perfect Tomato Sauce

In honor of our recent monthly meal planning post, we decided to share with you the most versatile and delicious recipe in our cooking arsenal: tomato sauce. We use it for EVERYTHING. Pasta, obviously. Pizza sauce. A base for quick chili or minestrone soup. A simmer sauce for meatballs. It's so good I could eat it every night. We plan to make a huge batch and can it to give away as Christmas gifts along with some fresh pasta. Enjoy!

Quick Tomato Sauce

(adapted from Marcella Hazan's recipe)

2- 28oz. cans tomato puree

2- 28oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice

1- 28oz. can stewed tomatoes with juice

1 whole onion, halved and peeled

1/2 stick of salted butter, cubed

1 tbsp. salt

Throw everything into a large, heavy stock pot or Dutch oven. Mix around and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes to an hour. The sauce should reduce slightly and thicken. Remove onion and serve hot or cool down and freeze. We freeze this in 2-cup batches for eating with pasta and 1-cup batches to be used in soups, as pizza sauce and in chili.

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