I cannot even begin to express how in love I am with this sauce, and I shall tell you why!
You can use it for so many wonderful things… Pasta, Pizza, Bruschetta, even as a gift! Its so easy to make and I like to store it in a jar in the fridge if I’m using the same week but I also sometimes make a large batch and freeze it! The smell it fills the kitchen with is amazing, its so warming and beautiful! What makes it even better is you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboards already, so its easy just to whip up if you fancy it!
I think this would make the perfect gift as well! Either as part of a hamper or just by itself. You can by jars online, but also reuse ones you already have, tie a pretty ribbon and its a lovely present, its special because its homemade and useful!
I made this sauce with my siblings as they love cooking as much as me and we all just kept smelling it! I used tinned chopped tomatoes today as thats what I have, and I love that this recipe is easy and you cause whatever you have, but you can also use fresh tomatoes and cook them down! This is very much recipe which you can make your own! I like to season my food throughout the whole process and make it to how I like like it but you can change measurements and adjust it all to how you like it!
- 1tsp olive oil
- 1/2 diced red onion
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 3 tsp white sugar
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- a handful of fresh basil leaves
- In a frying pan, put the olive oil and red onion and cook down until they have some colour, then add the garlic and cook, stirring continuously for 3 minutes.
- Add in 1/4 of your basil leaves, salt and pepper and continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes.
- Tip in your chopped or fresh tomatoes and the dried oregano and bring to a simmer.
- Add in the sugar and continue to simmer for 7-8 minutes.
- This is where I will taste and see what I think it needs! I will probably add a little more basil, and I find tomatoes to be very acidic so maybe some more sugar depending the current taste!
- I then continue to stir and simmer for another 5 minutes to reduce the liquid and then remove from the heat and let cool. Unless using immediately.
- Once cool, if you’re refrigerating it, pick a jar and ensure its its sterile and place in the fridge, for no longer than a week, until use. Or if your freezing, place in a freezer safe tub, and it will keep for a few a months. When planning on using, add some water to the saucepan to help it defrost!