Saturday, August 3, 2013

Homemade Tomato Sauce

My MIL, Laura, told me a quick and easy way to make tomato sauce so I thought I'd try it. She was right, it's super easy and you don't need anything special to do it. 

First quarter tomatoes. I used ones from my garden. Place in a pan like this. 

Cut up onion, fresh basil, and a few garlic cloves (I didn't have cloves on hand so I sprinkled garlic salt). Drizzle olive oil on top. I moved the pan around so it got underneath the veggies. 

Then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Let it cool and pull off the skins. They come off easily. 

Scoop everything out with a slotted spoon to leave juice in the pan so the sauce isn't watery. 

Summer low for 20-30 minutes and use a potato masher to mash up everything. Add any other spices you desire such as Italian seasoning, oregano, lemon juice, small dash of sugar, Parmesan cheese, etc. Then blend in good processor or leave a little chunkier. Sauce should be a good thicker sauce. If not then simmer longer and it will thicken. 

Let cool and then put in jars. My one pan gave me a jar of sauce so I stuck it in the fridge to use and didn't seal it. 

I can't wait to use it!

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