Tomato sauce is one of the most versatile foods you could possibly make. It can be used on pizza, in pasta, as a base for soup, or to make enchilada sauce. It is extremely affordable, healthy, and delicious. It takes a few minutes to prep and a few hours to cook while you do something else around the house. I usually make a double batch and keep an extra jar in the refrigerator for the night I don’t have dinner planned out. I like to use fresh tomatoes because I find canned ones are too expensive. Plus it is worth the few extra hours of cooking to have something made from scratch. Your taste buds will attest to this fact. Without further ado here is my old fashioned tomato sauce recipe.
1 and 1/2 heads of garlic, split into cloves and peeled
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Kilogram (2.2 lbs) tomatoes (about 10 medium tomatoes)
1 and 1/2 Tbsp salt
1 and 1/2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp favorite hot sauce (optional, but yummy)
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pan and simmer peeled garlic cloves on low until browned on all sides.
Cut the stems off of the tomatoes and throw all the tomatoes into the pot.
Add your seasonings.
Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes until the liquid starts to come out of the tomatoes.
Adjust heat to the low setting and cook for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Blend in blender or with immersion mixer and use for whatever you like. You can also strain the sauce before you use it if you want it to be smooth.
You can adjust the seasonings to your personal preference. I use a little less salt than most would because I struggle with high blood pressure. We use this sauce for many different things, but our favorite thing to make with it is pizza.