Too many college students (and working parents for that matter) buy pre-made, jarred tomato sauce when they want Italian food. Which is a shame, because it’s so easy to make your own at home and it’s usually cheaper! It also contains less preservatives! So I’m going to teach you how to make your own.
½ of a yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 28 oz can peeled diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
Red pepper flakes
Large sauce pot
4 out of 10 spatulas
1) Chop the onion and garlic as finely as possible. At the same time, heat three tablespoons of olive oil at low-medium heat in your sauce pot.
2) Transfer the onion and garlic to the pot, along with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook for 10 minutes. If the onions begin to brown, lower the heat.
3) Add you tomato paste, and stir it into the onions and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
4) Add 1/3 a cup of red wine. Stir until mixed, and add your canned tomatoes, oregano, and basil, and 1 pinch of salt.
5) Raise the heat, bring to a boil, and then lower the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.
That’s it, now you have tomato sauce! But how should you use it? You could brown 1 pound of ground beef, cook 1 pound of spaghetti and eat spaghetti with meat sauce. Alternatively, you could grill some Italian sausage (1 sausage per two servings), cook some penne (1/2 cup per serving) and eat sausage with penne. Heck, you could even grill some Italian sausage, toast some hoagie rolls, sauté some more onions, and eat Italian sausage sandwiches! It’s all up to you. All you have to do is ditch the jar and the world is your oyster.