Saturday, June 1, 2019

Quick Tomato Sauce #Recipe @PegCochran

This is a great quick and light tomato sauce.  I used it on homemade pizza but it would be just as good over pasta or over chicken or fish.  Fresh tomatoes are so dicey (pun intended) this time of year so I adapted the recipe to use canned tomatoes.  The quality was still excellent. I recommend San Marzano tomatoes if you can get them. I used the Cento brand.

Since I’m doing Weight Watchers, I cut the oil back in this recipe to 1 TBSP and it didn’t suffer a bit.  However if you aren’t dieting, go ahead and use the full 3 TBSP.  

3 Tbsp olive oil
12 cup chopped onion
 2 Tbsp minced garlic
 2 pounds ripe, cored and diced fresh tomatoes or 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp kosher salt
12 cup fresh, chopped basil
Pinch sugar

Combine oil, onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 1 minute. 


Add tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste, salt and sugar and sauté until tomatoes begin to soften, about 1 minute. 

Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until sauce consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil. 


Add tomatoes and juice, tomato paste and salt and pinch of sugar and simmer slowly, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon.  Continue to cook until tomatoes break down and become sauce consistency—approximately 30 to 45 minutes.  Remove from heat and add basil.

Canned tomatoes

The finished pizza 

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  1. Nice and simple and good tasting, too.
    What did you use for the crust?

    1. I made a Weight Watcher 2 ingredient dough for the crust--equal parts self-rising flour and fat free Greek yogurt. Dough is a little sticky so I've cut back on the yogurt and do 1 cup flour to 3/4 cup yogurt. I also make "bagels" with the dough.

    2. Clever. I made pizza last night. I was inspired by the naan bread freshly made at Fresh Market. They also had pita and panini breads.
      It worked out well. My shortcut included Newman's spaghetti sauce and leftover meatballs.