Italian Tomato Sauce | Easy and Delicious

Even though I love British recipes and also trying different recipes for all kinds of international cuisine for some reason I always come back to Italian food.

I think it’s because of the beauty of using very similar and familiar ingredients over and over again but each different combination makes a stunningly different dish.

Take tomato sauce for instance; what could be simpler?

Tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar – there’s your basic sauce. Easy.

Then maybe add some extra virgin olive oil, maybe onions, oregano, mint(!) and you have a marinara sauce that goes perfectly with some wonderful meatballs.

Or throw in some olives, capers and anchovies and you get a puttanesca – a spicy, salty, tangy sauce that transforms a plate of spaghetti.

Add some meat to the sauce and get a bolognese, like Sharlene’s homemade spaghetti sauce.

You like bacon? Throw it in your sauce with some grated Romano Pecorino or parmesan and you have an amatriciana sauce recipe.

Red chilies anyone? That’s your arrabiata sauce – one of my favorites.

Quick and Easy Italian Tomato Sauce

The possibilities are endless and each sauce has a perfect pasta pairing. This recipe is for my number one favorite simple Italian sauce that’s packed full of the familiar Italian flavors and is perfect to keep on hand for a fast meal anytime. While I often make different tomato sauce variations to experiment with pizza and pasta and dips, this is the stock recipe I love to use.

For this recipe I used San Marzano tomatoes because it’s true that they have a unique taste that works fantastically well in a sauce. If you can’t find them then use good quality whole plum tomatoes instead – it still works.

So fresh tasting and yet deep and complex, this is a beautifully soft, mellow and refreshing Italian tomato sauce recipe.
Use it for all kinds of dishes from pasta and pizza to pot roast, soup and polenta. Its seasonings and the proportions of ingredients vary from house to house, but the technique rarely changes.
 

Enjoy.

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AUTHOR: The Englishman
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Italian Tomato Sauce | Easy and Delicious
This is such a simple recipe and makes enough sauce for several meals so there's no excuse for buying the processed canned stuff anymore! (OK, there is - they're actually really useful in a pinch - but I promise this tastes better!)
Simple Italian Sauce Recipe
Course Sauces
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Course Sauces
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Simple Italian Sauce Recipe
Instructions
  1. Add the oil, garlic, onion, oregano and basil to a large cold pan and slowly bring the heat up to medium heat. This allows the garlic and herbs to fully infuse without burning. Cook for a further 5 to 6 minutes after the onions start to cook.
  2. In a large bowl crush the tomatoes with your hands and add the salt and pepper. Pour the tomatoes into the pan.
  3. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for around 2 hours, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Add the butter and serve with parmesan or Romano cheese. Goes well with every type of pasta and works as a great pizza sauce.
Recipe Notes

This sauce will store in the fridge for 5 days or up to 6 months in the freezer

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