Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce 003aThis is my go-to recipe when I need a quick and easy tomato sauce – it is economic and versatile. It is the sort of recipe that is great for a novice cook as it has so many uses and can be the basis of so many dishes.

3 Easy Ways to Vary the Basic Recipe

  • Chucky Vegetable Tomato Sauce: Add 1 diced carrot and 2 sticks diced celery with the onion.
  • Chilli Tomato Sauce: Add a good pinch dried red chilli flakes with the garlic.
  • Herby Tomato Sauce: Add 1 tsp dried Italian or mixed herbs with the garlic.

10 Ways to Use Homemade Tomato Sauce

  • Meatballs in Tomato Sauce: Add cooked meatballs to tomato sauce. Serve over spaghetti for meatballs and spaghetti or stuff into long rolls with salad ingredients for homemade subs.
  • Easy Homemade Baked Beans: Chop 2 rashers bacon and brown in a pan with a little oil. Drain and rinse a 440g can beans of your choice. Add beans and tomato sauce to pan and mix to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce: Heat sauce in a frying pan, make six indentations in sauce and crack an egg into each indentation. Cover and cook until eggs are cooked to your liking. For a spicy version, use Chilli Tomato Sauce.
  • Easy Homemade Pizza: Spread a purchased pizza base with some tomato sauce, scatter with your choice of toppings and bake at 200°C for 15-20 minutes or until base is crispy and toppings heated through.
  • Tomatoey Mince: Brown 500g mince in a frying pan, stir in
    tomato sauce and bring to simmering. Spoon onto toasted
    hamburger buns for sloppy joes, or onto toast for the Kiwi
    favourite mince on toast.  For different flavours and textures use Chunky Vegetable Tomato Sauce, Chilli Tomato Sauce or Herby Tomato Sauce.
  • Sausage and Mushroom Ragout: Cook 6 sausages in a frying pan with a little oil until browned and cooked through. Cut into thick slices and set aside. Slice 250g mushrooms, add to pan and cook for 8-10 minutes or until softened. Stir in tomato sauce of your choice (see above) and sausages and bring to simmering. Simmer for 5 minutes to heat through.
  • Penne Arrabiata: Spoon Chilli Tomato Sauce over cooked penne pasta. Serve scattered with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
  • Tomatoey Cauliflower Cheese: Place cooked cauliflower florets in a baking dish. Pour over tomato sauce of your choice (see above), scatter with grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake at 220°C for 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and cheese melted and golden.
  • Chorizo & Chickpea Stew: Brown 2 sliced chorizo sausages in a frying pan over a medium heat. Drain and rinse a 440g can
    chickpeas. Add tomato sauce and chickpeas to pan and mix to combine. Bring to simmering and simmer for 5 minutes to heat through.

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled – just remember the cooking time will be longer. The larger the pan the more quickly the sauce will cook. Freeze any leftovers.

Makes about 1½ cups

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ cup dry white wine or stock of your choice
440g can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste

1              Place oil and onion in a saucepan over a medium heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute
longer or until fragrant.

2              Add wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly
reduced. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste, half fill can with water and swirl, then stir into tomatoes. Bring to simmering and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes or until sauce reduces and thickens.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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