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.