Saturday, 21 January 2017

Simple Tomato Sauce




I am not always a domestic goddess, like everyone I do keep tins and jars in the cupboards.  
But one thing I have stopped buying are jars of tomato sauce for pasta or bolognese. 




It is so easy to make a simple tomato sauce.


This made enough for tonight's Spaghetti Bolognese with some left over for another time.

In the summer months I will use fresh home grown herbs, but now this time of year they are all in the green house and not at there best, so I  use dried herbs, I did have my 9p Basil from the other day so I used some of that.

I used some of my 10p tomatoes so this worked out cheaper than usual to make.


Chop the onion and crush the garlic and fry on a low heat until starting to soften, add the tins of tomatoes, 3 tbsp of tomato puree, and the herbs and some seasoning, and simmer for around 10 mins.

You can use a blender if you want to make a smoother sauce, but I keep it chunky.




Just add to the browned mince and mushrooms to make a tasty bolognese.





Now how easy was that.

Do you make your own sauces or do you prefer a jar?

28 comments:

  1. Definitely make own pasta sauce these days. If you have a dribble left in your ketchup bottle add it to pasta sauce - it adds a nice taste!

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  2. Yes, I make my own sauces, too, Marlene. It's easy and you know what's in it! I love just a simple tomato sauce on spaghetti, with lots of freshly-grated parmesan.
    Margaret P

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  3. I always add a smidge of sugar to anything with tomatoes as it lifts the sweetness of the toms to another level. Leftover wine {if you ever have such a thing!} is a good extra addition I find as it gives a depth to the sauce if slowly simmered out.

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    1. Yes I have made it with wine as well, I keep small bottles in for cooking purposes.

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    2. Yes, I add about 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar, too, which counteracts the acidity of the tomatoes.
      Margaret P

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  4. I make my own tomato sauce too. It tastes much nicer than the jars plus it doesn't have as much sugar...if any-x-

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    1. It does doesn't it, it is a completely different taste. x

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  5. I always make my own tomato sauce using home grown tomatoes. Then I freeze blocks of it for use through the Winter. Basil ...one plant will stay on my kitchen window for months, and you can freeze the leaves.

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    1. Same here, when I have had home grown toms. I like a Basil in the kitchen it is my favourite herb, and I just love the smell of it.

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  6. I always make my own, I got lucky at the end of last year with a lot of yellow sticker tomatoes so made a lot of tomato sauce to use as a basis for soups or bolognaise. I like to dry basil before the end of the season for use through the winter months and like to add slices of pepper. Your bolognaise sauce looks delicious.

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    1. Yes I remember you saying about your yellow sticker Tom's, good idea for the basil.

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  7. Some of the jars in the supermarkets have weird ingredients and WATER - who wants to pay for water?
    I've always made from scratch and also make pizza topping in much the same way but straining the juice off the whole tinned tomatoes. Then use the juice to make tomato soup

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    1. Yes I know they do and they certainly have a manufactured taste, nothing beats homemade.

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  8. I make most of our sauces, I very occasionally buy a particular brand of jerk sauce (maybe twice a year) and I buy Thai curry paste. A jar lasts us a long time and means I don't have ingredients hanging around that I wouldn't use for anything else.

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    1. Yes I am with you there I don't buy curry sauce, but always have paste in.

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  9. I make my sauce during the summer when I have too may ripening toms. I do add a little sugar to take the acidy taste of the toms away. I don't add 10 spoons like jars contain so mine is definitely healthier and cheaper.

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    1. Yes I don't think many really take notice of whats in the jars.

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  10. I don't think I've ever bought a ready made tomato sauce (or any other sauce for that matter) in my life.
    Tomato based sauces are simple and fresher tasting when made at home. I do store loads of tinned peeled tomatoes in the pantry though. xxx...x

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    1. Hi Patricia, I always have a good stock of tinned tomatoes, they are so versatile, I love just plum peeled tomatoes on toast sometimes.xx

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    2. Potentially I may go the other way. I have ALWAYS made my own sauces since year dot, but last week I found jars of sauce on offer at 50p at our pseudo Tesco and I bought 3. Don't know what they will be like and am certain I'll add loads of goodies anyway, but at that price I feel I should have a go, once in my life!

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    3. I love tomatoes on toast, my gran used to make it for breakfast. Never tried tinned toms, maybe I should give that a whirl. #excited!

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    4. 50p is a good price, I just like making my own as I love tin toms, delicious on toast with some freshly ground black pepper.

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  11. I don't think I have ever bought a sauce in a jar. My friend used to rave about a homepride one, but when I looked at in the supermarket it contained all kinds of strange ingredients.

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    1. It does Scarlet, but I don't think many people really stop to look at that. Homemade is a completely different and much better taste.

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  12. oh dear. I'm a lone voice because I buy jar sauces. I should probably hang my head in shame, but I'm not! ;o) Yours looks good. xx

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    1. No shame dear Sadie, we are all different, unlike some I am not one to judge or question, if you are happy with a jar good for you, have a lovely day, xxx

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