Easy Tomato Sauce
There are many recipes that call for a tomato sauce and if you are like me, I love my own rather than purchasing a store brand. I love to know that my ingredients are grown and prepared organically by me or my family. If a recipe calls for a tomato sauce, here is a great, easy tomato sauce recipe that is extremely versatile. Better yet, make this recipe and can quarts of it to put in your pantry. It is an excellent taste of summer on a cold winter day.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried Basil
2 tablespoons Tomato paste
2 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil or parsley, chopped; or 2 heaping tbsps. basil pesto
1 -2 tablespoons ground Sundried tomatoes (optional)
Grey Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Pinch of Cinnamon (optional) (instead of sugar) In a 4-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until soft and the onion is light golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes, garlic and lightly sauté. Add cayenne, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, tomato paste and crushed tomatoes bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes or until thick. At the end add your fresh basil and or parsley and let simmer 3 minutes. Grate some parmesan into the sauce if used. If you find you sauce is not thickening up enough I like to add a little sundried tomato powder. If you desire a slightly sweeter flavor you can add a pinch of cinnamon rather than sugar.