Monday, June 8, 2009

Tomato Sauce

Do you know how easy it is to make your own sauce for spaghetti/pizza/stuffed shells? Well, it is! I used to buy and try all kinds of different sauces, but the picky eater in me was always dis-satisfied with something and I ended up altering each recipe by adding meat or straining out chunks (yes, I am that picky. Chunks are GROSS, OK?!)

Then one day I was in the grocery store scanning the sauce aisle and I came across these tiny cans called tomato paste. Keep in mind as you're thinking "this girl is an idiot, how can she just have discovered tomato paste?!", I was 19 and had just started going to the grocery store without my Mommy, cut me some slack people!

Anywho, I bought a couple of cans and came up with a sauce. It did not take long at all, so those of you who think a good sauce must be simmered all day long are wrong! I have always used dried herbs in it, but I imagine if you have fresh ones, this sauce would be even better.

Lets get to it! Here's what you need...not much!

Tomato Paste, Parsley, Oregano, Basil, Garlic Salt, Salt.

Empty your tomato paste into a bowl:

Run your bowl under the tap for a few seconds:

Whisk it together and slowly add more water by the tablespoon until you get your desired consistency:

This is my desired consistency. I usually go a little thicker for pizza sauce, though.

Next, add some dried oregano (just under 1/4 cup). Out of oregano, basil, and parsley; oregano is my favorite so I use more of it. If you prefer another, add more of it! You can totally taste as you go!

Next? Basil. I add about half of the amount of oregano I used, so 1/8 cup.

Next? Parsley. I just do a pinch because it's my least favorite.

Then I throw in a teaspoon of salt.

And lastly, garlic salt. I put in a pretty fair amount. Probably 2 Tablespoons.

If it tastes too salty, add a little sugar. Whisk it all together and you have yourself some sauce!


  1. Saw you on Julie Leach's site! So glad I did...will have to try some of your recipes!


  2. Welcome Lori! Julie and I have been friends since we were 5!