Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard: Well, she probably didn’t throw together a 20 minute Tomato Sauce, because:
- She wasn’t Italian
- The Cupboard was bare
- She didn’t watch America’s Test Kitchen
We’re not huge pasta fans here (always watching those carbs) but even so, we still have a few boxes on hand, and cans of tomatoes, and I generally have at least an onion or two rolling around. In about 20 minutes we can throw together a great tomato sauce. Of course, you’re not limited to using a tomato sauce like this over pasta –
Try it over sauteed peppers and onions, with or without sausage, use it as a pizza sauce, drizzle over Italian style meatloaf or stuffed vegetables. I often cook it just a bit longer to thicken it up more when I’m planning on using this for pizza.
The pricing of making your own opposed to buying in jar is dependent upon a number of factors – full price to full price for home-made compared to a jar makes home-made price pretty cost-effective. Sales prices make things unpredictable. Add in a coupon or two and all bets are off:
- Quite often with coupons and sales, I “buy” large cans of tomatoes for free, and my buy price is 50 cents.
- Couponers also report the same for Pasta Sauce.
Other fresh ingredients for home-made aren’t free: the onions and garlic, the small amount of herbs. The taste of home-made, the lack of artificial ingredients and the quick method make a home-made sauce worthwhile for me. The fact that I can tinker with the spices and flavors to suit me is an added bonus.
Quick Tomato Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup grated onion, from 1 medium onion
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 medium garlic cloves , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
- 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes with juice – pulse in blender or food processor
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves or two teaspoons dried
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Ground black pepper
Heat oil in medium saucepan. Add onion, oregano, and ½ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and sugar; increase heat to high and bring to simmer.
Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened slightly, about 15 – 20 minutes. Off heat, stir in basil and additional oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve.
My note: Grating the onion makes the recipe go really fast and reduces the need to simmer longer and mellow out the flavor.
from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
- Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
- Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
- Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Read Strategies for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
Put your Own Spin on It:
The beauty of making your own sauce is you can play with the ingredients any way you’d like. Add a little oregano, a few red pepper flakes or your favorite ingredients.