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How to Make Tomato Sauce

How to Make Tomato Sauce

No store-bought tomato sauce can hold a candle to homemade sauce seasoned to your taste.

Step 1: Cut garlic and tomatoes
Slice the garlic cloves and cut the tomatoes, making sure not to discard the seeds or the inner pulp.

Tip
If you can’t find fresh tomatoes, you can use canned tomatoes.

Step 2: Heat olive oil
Heat the olive oil in a pot at medium-low heat until it begins to simmer. If the oil begins to smoke, throw it away and start over.

Step 3: Add garlic and tomatoes
Add the garlic to the oil and saute it for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to let it brown. Then add the tomatoes and mash them with a potato masher.

Step 4: Cook sauce
Raise the heat to high and cook for 10 minutes. If the tomatoes start to splatter, cover the pot.

Tip
If the sauce is too thin, you can add tomato paste to make it thicker.

Step 5: Add basil, salt, and pepper
Add the basil and sprinkle in the salt and pepper to taste, and then stir the sauce until everything is blended thoroughly.

Step 6: Blend sauce
Allow the sauce to cool and put it in a blender in small batches, blending until the sauce turns bright red-orange.

Step 7: Eat
Enjoy your sauce over pasta, fish, or use it for dipping bread!

Did You Know?
Tomatoes originated in South America, where people of the Andes treated them as a weed.

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