A great tomato sauce can be the basis of many delicious meals. Whether you feel like making spaghetti, ratatouille, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, or anything else with a tomato base, this sauce will work wonderfully. It’s simple to make, uses fresh ingredients, and making the sauce is a great activity to involve the kids in!
The Perks of Homemade Tomato Sauce
Although tomato sauce from a can is sometimes more convenient, homemade is always better because you can avoid all the chemicals and additives used to keep canned or jarred sauces fresh. What’s more, having complete control over the ingredients, you can make sure the flavors are exactly to your liking by increasing or cutting back on garlic, substituting onions for shallots, and more.
Recipe Variants With Fresh Tomatoes
If you choose to go with fresh tomatoes, grape and cherry tomatoes are usually available throughout the year in supermarkets. To make around four servings of tomato sauce, use two pints of these types of tomatoes and follow one of the simple recipes below!
A Pan Sauce With Cherry Tomatoes
To make a cherry tomato pan sauce, heat a bit of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and place in halved cherry tomatoes with some minced garlic to your taste. After about 20 minutes of cooking, you should get a stirrable sauce. At that point, add salt and pepper, and any preferred dry herbs, like basil or oregano.
Roasted Tomatoes for a Smokier Flavor
Another alternative is making the tomato sauce with roasted cherry tomatoes, in which case you keep the tomatoes whole. Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit. Arrange the tomatoes in a single layer in a baking dish and drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for up to 25 minutes until the tomatoes split open and the skin begins to lightly char. Transfer them into a bowl, season to taste, and mix!