Basic Tomato Sauce2014-10-30
- Skill Level: Easy
- Servings : 8
- Prep Time : 15m
- Cook Time : 45m
- Ready In : 60m
Everyone loves pasta with marina sauce. Plus it’s easy to disguise a few extra vegetables in this sauce.
- 4 Carrots, peeled & diced
- 2 Onions, diced
- 4 Celery Ribs, diced
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Handful Basil Leaves, chiffonade
- 2 , 28 ounce cans Chopped Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper TT (to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
Heat olive oil in sauce pan over medium-high heat. Saute onions until translucent.
Add the carrots, celery, garlic & crushed chili flakes. Stir frequently for about 3-4 minutes.
Add the tomatoes & bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 30 minutes.
Puree with an immersion blender and season with salt & pepper.
Mix in balsamic and stir. Serve over pasta. Garnish with basil.
Short Cut: This can be made 2-3 days ahead of time. If you make a big batch, then freeze the sauce in smaller portions so that it is easy to defrost as needed.
Think Out of the Ice Box (a.k.a. Alternative Method): Try using mushrooms instead of onions and add whatever leftover vegetables you have in the refrigerator. Also, add some chicken sausage for a little protein.