Dec 21, 2010

Italian Tomato Sauce

So what do you think about the new look around here? I wanted something a bit more simple and warm and I feel like I really achieved that. The previous image I had of an illustration that was similar to me cost $50 and I got all 3 of these images (header, sidebar icon and footer) for less than $5. I found this awesome new stock site called YAY. You should check it out if your looking for some nice images. And if any of you want your own custom design go on over to So Sweet Designs which is my design business. Yes, I am a graphic designer with a passion for food my friends.

Now lets get on to this beautiful red sauce that has brought you here. What better way to use up those extra tomatoes then make an enticing sauce that you can have for more then one meal and recipe. Most cooks will have all of these ingredients on hand. If not they are easy to obtain. I always save all of my glass jars for projects just like this. If you do not you really should start they are so useful. If you leave the one inch space between your sauce and lid you do not have to worry about the glass bursting as the liquid freezes and expands. Just thaw your sauce out when you want to use it.

15 tomatoes, quartered
3/4 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
5 garlic gloves, smashed
1 onion, diced
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a 6-quart pan on medium add olive oil, onions and garlic. Cook until onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, sugar, oregano, thyme, basil and water, mix well. Carefully add tomatoes. Raise heat to boil, cover and reduce to simmer. Cook for 3 hours.

2. Stick a hand blender into pot and mix until sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper. Pour sauce into glass jars leaving a one inch space at least between sauce and lid. Close lid tightly. Continue filling jars until all of sauce has finished. Place jars aside until cool.

3. Place jars into freezer unless you plan to use the sauce quickly. If so place jars into refrigerator.

Yields: 4-6 jars

4 fabulous comments:

Anonymous said...

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Noor said...

Thank you Zeli poo that is exactly the look I was going for <3

hazaraly said...

Loved this so much! Really easy to customize, which I did. This was so easy, I believe I will not buy store bought again. Thank you!

I blogged about it, too!