California Central Coast Recipes

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

This is a must-have Tomato sauce that's so easy to throw together and can be used in so many different ways. Use it for sauces over pastas, vegetables, or meats. Use it on pizza for a knock-out homemade taste. There are so many ways to use this! Ideally, it tastes best made from fresh ripe tomatoes, but if that's not possible, you can substitute two twenty-eight once cans of Crushed Tomatoes.

Note: If you're using fresh tomatoes, you may need to help thicken the sauce with a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.

If you're using Crushed tomatoes, you may need to add a bit of water or white wine to thin down the sauce. ©2017, Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
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1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
4 pounds fresh tomatoes , finely chopped but NOT pureed OR Substitute
2 Large Cans Crushed Tomatoes
3/4 pounds onion , chopped
4 to 5 medium cloves garlic , chopped
1/2 cups Italian parsley , chopped
2 teaspoons Dried oregano
Salt to taste
Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Optional Tomato paste

Preparation Directions.

1 Pour the olive oil into a large nonreactive Dutch oven or large saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Add the onions and saute until softened. Add the garlic and continue to saute until garlic is fragrant.

2 Add the tomatoes and saute. Be sure to pick up the onion-garlic mixture and disburse it throughout the sauce. Turn the heat up to medium and simmer, stirring often.

3 Add in the oregano and stir. Add in the Italian parsley and stir. Add in the salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a low simmer. Turn down the heat but continue to maintain the sauce at a low simmer. Let the sauce cook down for at least 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened. If needed, add one or more tablespoons of tomato paste to help thicken the sauce.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one Iíve found was the original, least expensive one. Itís a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You donít need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise youíre going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all youíre going to be doing with it is boiling water.