Pasta with tomato sauce is one of the most traditional and iconic Italian food that I am sure everyone knows about it.
With pasta and tomato sauce, you can add different kinds of herbs and meat to make a whole new dish every time. For example, you can add minced beef or meatballs along with rosemary and thyme to this simple but really delicious dish.
You can buy many kinds of ready-to–cook tomato sauce at the market. It is easy and cheap that way. You also think that if you make tomato sauce at home by yourself, it will be too complicated and time consuming.
However, when you make this sauce at home, you will able to have the freshest, safest and most delicious dish, which will really be worth your time and money.
Furthermore, the process of making this sauce is not as complicated as you may think. In this article, I will provide the most basic and simple step, which you can follow easily to make your first batch of tomato sauce.
Let’s Start With The Ingredients:
The ingredients needed to make tomato sauce are really compact and easy to buy.
- Extra virgin oil. You should invest in the best quality oil. It will make a significant difference to your sauce.
- Onions. You can prepare them by chopping them finely or crushing them with a knife.
- Cloves garlic.
- Mined basil.
- Salt and pepper.
- And of course the main ingredient: tomatoes. You should the ripen ones and also chop them finely into small cubes. The smaller you chop them, the quicker the cooking process is.
When You Finish the Preparation of Cleaning And Cutting, We Will Start the Cooking Process:
How to cook?
1. Blanch the Tomatoes
For the first step, you need to boil a pan of water for 3 to 4 minutes.
Put all of the cubes of tomatoes into the pan.
Take them out when you see the skins of these cubes begin to fall off. Put these cubes into running water to prevent them from being cooked more.
After that step, you will see that you can peel the skins out of the tomatoes easily. So discard all of the skins. If you are patient enough to discard the seeds, feel free to do so.
2. Cook the Sauce
Firstly, you need to sauté your onions and garlics in olive oil. Remember to wait for the oil to be heated slightly before put the onions and garlics in.
Stir them thoroughly and cook for some minutes until they turn bright golden.
Then you can put all of the tomatoes as well as some basil leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper to the mix. Stir well.
After a few minutes, you can reduce the heat and pour some water to the mix so that the level of water is just about 0.5 inches above the mixture.
Let the mix simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure you can only see small bubbles instead of strong and big one. If that is the case, you should lower the temperature again to maintain the simmer and prevent the nutrients from losing out.
The time of the simmering depends on your preference. If you want your sauce to be thick, you can simmer the sauce for a longer time. If it appears thicker than you want, you can consider adding more water into the mix.
When the sauce get the consistency that you want, you can turn off the cooker.
3. Other Considerations
As you can see, making a batch of tomato sauce is really simple. For the next time, you can try to add more ingredients for more variations. You can try adding more herbs such as thyme and rosemary.
You can also add mushrooms right after you sauté the onions and garlics.
That is all you need to know about how to make the simple but still mouth-watering tomato sauce. You can use the sauce immediately or store it in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 weeks.
I hope that with the sauce you cook, you will have the most delicious and healthiest meals than ever before.