06 February 2010

I Heart My Nana!

So, remember a few recipes ago how I asked if anyone had a good recipe for tomato sauce? And do you remember how I said that my family doesn't have one? Well, I felt extremely silly when I went through my recipe box and came across a family recipe in my nana's handwriting for tomato sauce. To be completely honest, this recipe is a really good base. There are so many things that can be added to this simple sauce to make it truly your own. I stayed pretty close to Nana's recipe this time around so I could give an honest opinion. Next time, I'm going to add bay leaf and more garlic (probably more spices than that even). Enjoy!

Nana's Tomato Sauce

1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 or 2 cans tomato paste (depends on desired consistency; I used 2 cans)
1 clove garlic, chopped
Basil, to taste
Oregano, to taste
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil

  1. In a large pot, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion is almost translucent. Stir in spices, crushed tomatoes, and paste.
  2. Cook on medium-low heat for an hour or an hour and a half.
Per Nana's notes on the bottom of my recipe card, "You can cheat and use jar sauce, but scratch tastes better." I also added 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained as well as spicy Italian sausage. So yummy!


Megs said...

that looks delish! I love thick tomato sauces and that seems perfect. I often use dried tomatoes in place of tomato paste since I usually have dried tomatoes on hand, although it doesn't thicken as nicely...

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Your meals always look so mouthwatering I find myself thinking I really should cook more but, when there's only one, I really can't be bothered with the hassle.

You appear to have a fantastic range of crockery - did you do well with wedding presents or have you inherited?

Sunshine said...

Megs - Thanks. I'm a thick sauce kind of girl myself.

Anne - Thank you for the wonderful compliments. I only have one set of pots and pans that my hubby bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago (nothing super expensive, but nonstick and awesome). Other than that, I have some specialty bakeware that I've picked up along the way and a few items we received at the wedding. With us living in such a small apartment, some of our more specialized items are up in his mum's attic.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Your spaghetti looks wonderful, healthy too.