Posted on 12 March 2009 by

A Fun Experiment – Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

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tomato-sauceBy Vanessa Richins

One of my favorite hobbies (besides my number one passion – gardening – of course!) is cooking from scratch.

When I was in community college, I took some cooking classes.

Italian cooking still reigns as my favorite course.

Many nights I will make my own tomato sauce to go with pasta. It makes an easy dish to serve to my friends.

However, people run into a problem if they ask for my recipe. I don’t use one – I just throw together whatever sounds good that day. It usually works out quite well.

Today I will describe my “recipe” on how to throw together your own tomato sauce.

It all begins with the tomatoes, of course. Paste tomatoes like Roma will make the best sauce. It will be especially flavorful if you use one of the heirloom varieties. Each tomato will make about 1/5 cup of sauce, so figure out how many you will need. I like to leave the skins on, but you can remove them if you like. Dice them into pieces about 1-2″ square.

Place a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a pot and swirl to coat. Add your tomatoes and start cooking on medium heat.

Now you will need to decide what else you’d like to put in the sauce today. Oregano and basil are a must, especially if fresh. I always put lots of garlic too. It becomes especially easy to peel if you microwave the cloves for 12 seconds. You can then mince them up.

I added in some mushrooms the last time. Some people also like to put in onions and peppers. You can add any other vegetables you would like. The possibilities are endless!

Here comes what may be the hardest part – adding in the ingredients. I only call it difficult because you are likely used to having specific measurements. Start adding a little of the spices and taste as you go until you find the right combination. Put in your vegetables. Cook everything for an hour or two. Serve with pasta or polenta.

As you experiment with cooking by feel, it becomes a lot easier to recognize what belongs together. Start today by creating your own personal tomato sauce.

Do you have your own favorite tomato sauce recipe that you have created?

One Response to “A Fun Experiment – Making Your Own Tomato Sauce”

  1. James Bouril Says:

    A week or so ago I was watching KDKA, and saw you making a tomato sause using pancetta bacon, carrots whole bay leaves and other stuff. I would like to make your recipes, but didn’t write everything down. How can I get your recipe?
    Thanks, Jim Bouril

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