Simple Tomato Sauce

Aaaah there’s nothing better than having a whole stack of mason jars at home full of homemade tomato sauce just ready to be devoured. Once I carefully watched my aunt make her scrumptious tomato sauce, I just had to try it out for myself. And it’s so simple!

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for 2 portions:

  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 6 dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Vegetable broth to taste (or instant vegetable broth)
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice (or 1 tsp balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pressed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • A dash of chili powder (if you like it sizzlyyyyy 😉 )
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Utensils:

  • Cooking pot
  • Kitchen knife
  • Chopping board
  • Garlic press

ToDo:

Fill your cooking pot with water. Slit the skin of the tomatoes at the bottom and drop them into the pot of water. Let them boil for about a minute and strain the tomatoes. Now you’ve got a choice, either you’re patient and wait for the tomatoes to cool down a little or you could just be as impatient as I am and suffer the burning sensation while peeling the skin off all the tomatoes and cutting out all the stems. I always cut out the stems due to them being unchewable and apparently they can cause cancer. Now heat up the olive oil in a pot and saute the onions and pressed garlic. Then add all the other ingredients and boil it all up. You want to really let it boil like a witches’ caldron. Add a witchy laugh and you are sure to be eating alone after that! Let it boil for about 5 minutes. After that just let it simmer for as long as you like. I usually reach my maximum impatience level after about 2 hours. Lastly I blend the sauce, because I like it best when it’s creamy. Then I either eat it straight away or fill a few mason jars up for the typical days when I am in great need of something quick’n’easy like a long day at work, surprise visits by friends and family or even your typical hangover day (not that it happens to me that often 😉 ). This simple dish is also available as an extended version of awesomeness such as minestrone, tomato cream soup or bolognaise. Lecker Smacker!

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