Italian food has always been a huge part of my life and not because I’m Italian! I’ve had Italian friends in my life since I was young and was always in love with the cuisine whenever I joined friends for a family dinner. It is definitely the cuisine that set off my passion for cooking. Nailing the perfect pasta dish, which is nothing without the perfect tomato sauce, was a life long goal. I am proud to say I have finally mastered the perfect tomato sauce! Which, lucky for me (and you) goes with much more than just pasta. The best part is that it only uses 5 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS. Check it out below!
The prep time that goes into the perfect tomato sauce is really not much, especially since there are so few ingredients.
Here is what you will need:
1 jar of strained tomato, I usually get mine from Longo’s – pictured below (with basil is optional)
1-2 fresh garlic cloves diced small (depends on size of clove)
4-6 basil leaves
2 table spoons of olive oil
1/2 large white onion
Note: this will make about 1 batch of sauce which is enough to serve with 2-3 meals (over pasta, spaghetti squash, zoodles, meatballs, veggies). If you are looking for more, just double the amounts!
That’s all you need!
Here’s how to make the magic happen:
Chop onions roughly (I like bigger chunks but you can go small as well). Dice garlic into small fine pieces. Get a large pot on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil. Once oil is heated add onions. Saute for 1-2 mins until they start becoming translucent. Then add garlic. You need to be over the stove and stirring continuously. This is important so that your garlic and onions don’t burn!
Next rip up the basil leaves and toss into the garlic onion mixture. Saute for about a minute longer and then you are ready to add the strained tomatoes. Next you want to add a generous amount of SALT & PEPPER. The salt helps to reduce the bitterness of tomatoes and pepper adds flavour.
Stir ingredients together and bring sauce to boil. Once it reaches boiling point bring it down to a low simmer and let it sit….and simmer, sit and simmer and sit and simmer some more. The longer it simmers the better it tastes (insider tip from my fellow Italians – Sundays are sometimes spent simmering sauce on the stove all day!) Low & slow is key. My advice is to have it simmer for 1-2 hours to really let the flavours come together.
And there you have it, the perfect tomato sauce. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on what to have with this tasty creation!