Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
1/2 to 1 chopped fine onion - depending on your like of onions
1 tsp to 1 tbsp minced garlic - depending on your like of garlic
1 to 2 tbsps olive oil
1 5&1/2 oz can tomato paste
1 28 oz can whole tomatoes - drained and fluid reserved and tomatoes
chopped course or fine depending on the texture you prefer -
smooth or a chunky sauce.
1 tsp to tbsp sugar - depending if you like tart or a slight sweet sauce
1/2 to 1 tsp salt - depending on your taste
1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper - depending on your taste
Herbs of your choice if you wish - Basil, Oregano, Parsley etc
-Heat olive oil in a lrg pot over med heat.
-Add chopped onion and cook until transparent in color.
-Add minced garlic and cook a few more mins until both are slight golden in color.
-Stir in tomato paste and cook a couple of mins to blend flavors.
-Stir in slowly the wine or water and mix in gently.
-Stir in tomato fluid
-Stir in chopped tomatoes gently.
-Stir in sugar, salt and pepper.
-Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 1 hr. Stirring occasionally.
-If adding herbs, stir in gently during the last 15 mins of cooking.
-If you like a thicker sauce, leave uncover the last 15 mins of cooking and turn the heat up slightly to reduce the fluid a little.
-Serve over pasta as is or add 1 lb browned lean ground beef at the beginning of the simmering time to have a meat sauce. Also good with browned homemade little meatballs added to it also at the simmering stage.
-Good as is over pasta with parmesan cheese sprinkled over too.
*This is my favorite pasta sauce as is or a tomato sauce for many recipes calling for pasta or tomato sauce like veal parmesan, lasagna etc. Have made this sauce for many years and it is always much more tastier then any jarred sauce so I keep a can of tomatoes and one of tomato paste always on hand for cooking up a batch.
** Recipe can be doubled or tripled and then when cooked and cooled, freezes well to keep longer.
*** Totally self adjusting to your taste or your families taste preference. You can also add what ever you might like to for variety - meats, veggies, herbs, etc. Can also be pureed after cooking time to make a smooth fine textured sauce if you prefer.