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4 years ago

Homemade Tomato Sauce

This is as close to my mom’s and Nonna’s sauce that you can get to. Using home canned tomatoes makes a difference but most people don’t get a chance to can their own tomatoes so I wanted to be able to offer up a tomato sauce that was easy to make and tasted great! You can substitute 2 cans (28 oz/796 mL) plum tomatoes if you cant’ find the passata, just puree until smooth.
This weeknight sauce is perfect for pasta or any other dish I may want to make like pizza. It’s simple and tasty and also freezes beautifully.

Ingredients:
2 jars (20 oz/700 mL) passata
6 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
2 sprigs fresh basil
1 small onion, halved
2 cloves garlic, halved
3 Tbsp (45 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp (45 mL) dried oregano leaves
2 tsp (10 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes

Method:
Pour passata into large saucepan.
Add parsley, basil, onion, garlic, oil, oregano, salt and hot pepper flakes.
Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium-low; cook for about 2 hours or until reduced slightly and thickened.

Makes about 5 cups (1.25 L) of sauce.
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