It doesn’t matter what supermarket you go in to you will see rows and rows of the stuff. Tomato sauce is stacked from floor to the ceiling across a number of shelves. Tomato & garlic, tomato & basil, roasted tomato and even tomato & chilli. The good organic stuff has about 80% tomatoes in and the cheap stuff has about 40-50% tomatoes. If you are lucky enough to find tomato sauce in the chillier they container tomatoes somewhere in the middle of the jarred varieties.
Learning to make a good tomato sauce opens up to the doors to making many other great sauces. You can make a tomato sauce in as little as half an hour but for a good sauce with a great depth of flavour the longer you leave it the better.
400g Tomatoes (these don’t have to be expensive)
400g Chopped Tomatoes
100g White Onions
100g Tomato Puree
Salt & Pepper
15ml Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic
Place the olive oil in a heavy bottom pan that isn’t likely to burn (you can use a slow cooker if you have time). Heat oil & place the onions and garlic in the pan. Cook the onions until golden brown but not burnt. Add the tomatoes, chopped tomatoes & tomato puree and stir. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and blend. Remember the longer you cook the sauce the more flavour it will have. Season and add the balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar will help bring out the sweetness of the tomato.
Once you have made this sauce you can use it for pizza sauce, pasta sauce or just about anything else you need a tomato sauce for. It you want to try something new try adding basil, chillies or roasted peppers.