Winter weekends require comfort food.
Let me count the ways this Classic Tomato Sauce can be used in your favorite comfort foods…
- Fresh Pasta (hiiii, homemade!)
- Spinach Ricotta Lasagna (or, your favorite lasagna, of course!)
- Homemade Pizza (no time? Use naan as your crust!)
- Ultimate Breadsticks (pizza rivals)
- Homemade ravioli …
The possibilities are seriously endless.
Carbs + tomato sauce = heaven.
I can’t believe I haven’t shared my family’s favorite tomato sauce with you yet, but then again, it feels so basic, which is why it’s taken me so long. Like, do you guys really want another tomato sauce recipe? Do you prefer to just buy a jar and be on your way?
If either of those describes you, give this one a try!
If you’re used to using tomato sauce outta a jar, you’ll just as soon change your ways. I get it; I mean, my weeknights are no strangers to quick dinners that require about zero prep time. Which is why I freeze a bunch of this tomato sauce and with quick defrost, I have homemade tomato sauce ready in no time.
Still out of a jar, just homemade with ingredients that you 100% know, and made exactly to fit your tastes.
And if you take a Sunday afternoon to make a big batch, your house will smell as delicious as ever, and you’ll be happy to have upped your homemade game. Talk about impressive.
How to make homemade tomato sauce
This Classic Tomato Sauce recipe starts with the typical mirepoix: onions, tomatoes, and celery cooked in a bit of olive oil to release their sweetness.
Then we add in garlic (not complete without!) and red wine to deglaze the pan. Making tomato sauce with red wine is LIFE.
This is what Friday night dance parties were made for: aromatics going on the stove, a little wine in the pot, a lot of wine in your glass, and the best N*Sync tunes on Spotify. If you’re making a batch midweek or don’t have any wine (a tragedy!) but never fear – just use vegetable stock in place of it.
I use dried oregano and basil in the sauce, but if I have fresh herbs around, I’ll throw them in. Really, it’s just a big ole comfort party going on in the sauce, so whichever herbs you want – go for it!
Remember to crush your dried herbs in your hand to bring out more flavor before adding them.
And then the tomatoes.
My favorite are Cento San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes. Sometimes I buy it with the basil leaves, sometimes not.
Then the full part: hand crushing them! I squeeze them in my hands and then put them into the sauce pot, removing any hard stems that there may be. Once all the tomatoes have been crushed and put into the pot, add the remaining liquid.
Then all that wonderful goodness simmers away, making your entire house smell comforting and delicious. There’s nothing better than the smell of herbs simmering away while you relax, dance around the kitchen, and sip on some extra wine. Happy weekend, food fam!