For the busy home cook, having home made tomato sauce in the freezer is like having money in the bank. Home made tomato sauce is not only great to have on hand, it is less expensive than the jarred varieties and contains no corn syrup, preservatives or ingredients whose names you can’t pronounce! It takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes to put together and then just sits on the stove and simmers for 60 to 90 minutes.
2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Large pinch of red pepper flakes
Add enough olive oil to film the bottom of a saucepan and let it warm.
Add the onion and cook just until it softens and becomes translucent.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 or 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes,
basil, oregano and pepper flakes and stir well. Bring the sauce to a
boil, stirring occasionally then turn the heat down so that the sauce
just simmers and cook for 60 to 90 minutes or until sauce is nicely
thickened. Makes about 6 cups of sauce.
The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days or may be
frozen for up to 3 months.
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