Chunky Tomato Sauce

Okay folks this is another one of those dishes that is super simple.  So simple that the ingredients make a BIG difference.  I served this sauce on the Chicken Parmesan I served for Father’s Day this year.  It’s also fantastic on pasta.  And on bread.  And on a spoon.  I love this stuff.

Make this on a day you’re in or around the house.  It takes several hours.  You don’t have to watch it constantly, but you do need to stir it from time to time.  Don’t cheat on the time and don’t try to make this in a crock pot.  What makes this sauce so good is that it reduces slowly in an open pot over several hours so the flavor intensifies.  That’s also why you need to start with really good tomatoes.  The better they are at the start, the better your sauce will be.  Today my brother-in-law commented about how “fresh” the sauce tasted.  Pretty high praise for tomatoes that were canned 10 months ago.  If you don’t have access to home canned tomatoes, it’s worth getting the canned San Marzanos at the store.  It will make a difference.  I promise.

I like to keep this sauce as simple as possible because that makes it versatile.  The basic sauce has 3 ingredients and 2 herbs.  That’s it.  After it’s made you can freeze it and resurrect it as something new whenever you need a quick, but fabulous, dinner.  You can add meatballs to it.  You can add red pepper flakes to it.  You can blend it and use it on pizza.  Whatever you like.   I could eat this sauce every day.

Good? So, so good.
Easy? Definitely.
Good for company? Absolutely.
Special shopping? Nope.

Chunky Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

5-6 quarts good quality whole peeled tomatoes
2 sweet onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 C chopped fresh basil
1/4 C chopped fresh oregano

Directions

Saute onions and garlic in a small amount of olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add onions, garlic and tomatoes to a stock pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered 3-4 hours until the sauce has reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 it’s original volume. Add fresh herbs. Cook 30 minutes longer.

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