Since we love to cook in the Mediterranean style, we’ve been in search of the perfect homemade tomato sauce. I was fully willing to make some sacrifices in this endeavor – such as spending some effort in the kitchen to achieve the ideal taste. Since many sauce recipes call for chopping and sautéing onions, carrots, and celery, and then simmering the sauce for an hour or more, I was prepared to put in some time. However after thorough investigation, I am pleased to report that only a maximum of 15 minutes and a handful of ingredients is needed to achieve the flavor I’ve been looking for.
The preparation is simple – just finely chop some garlic (the hardest part!), barely sauté it olive oil with some red pepper flakes, and then simmer with tomatoes for 5 to 10 minutes until you have the consistency and taste you are looking for. You could also add fresh or dried herbs like basil, oregano, or parsley, but only if you’re feeling fancy – the taste is robust enough on its own.
The result is a delicious sauce you can serve with pasta, gnocchi, lasagna, calzones – you name it. And you’ll find jarred store-bought sauces may become a thing of the past…becoming an Italian grandmother is just that simple!
Classic Tomato Sauce
What You Need
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
What To Do
1 Finely chop the three garlic cloves.
2 In a medium sauce pan, combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Over medium high heat, stir as the mixture heats up, and sauté for only around 45 seconds until the garlic sizzles but before it starts to brown.
3 Stir in the tomatoes. Heat at a gentle simmer between 5 to 10 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken.
4 Remove from heat. Stir in a few teaspoons of lemon juice to smooth out the flavors, and salt (if necessary) to taste.