here’s the new red sauce we’ve been using a bunch over the fall and winter so far. The key is good canned tomatoes. The ones I’ve bought from Costco were OK, but the color wasn’t so great. I bought a case of San Marzano’s from Amazon and they were great until the price went up to make them prohibitively expensive.
1 small onion diced
1 whole head of garlic cloves
1 big pinch of dried thyme
Sautee this stuff in a pan, and add in 2 cans of uncooked best quality whole tomatoes.
Blend on low to preserve the color of the tomatoes.
Salt to taste, add in a small handful of finely chopped fresh flat parsley.
1. It’s not necessary to stew the tomatoes for a long time. If they’re good, they’ll taste great just like that. This is maybe more of a pizza sauce recipe, but we’ve really enjoyed it.
2. Keep the blender on low, cut your veg small so you don’t have to fire it up to high.
3. Don’t brown the onion/garlic, and damn sure don’t burn it. If anything, add a little water to the pan to steam and soften rather than fry.
4. I can almost guarantee you that you can make this sauce in the same time or less than it takes to go to the grocery store and buy something that doesn’t taste this good.
Not sure who put that picture in, it wasn’t me. The can pictured was a well-known trick of marketing. Those tomatoes are San Marzano BRAND from California. These are not necessarily San Marzano tomatoes, and they’re not Italian, to be sure.
MAB: Guilty! I was dressing it up with an image, and neglected to look closely at the image. I did get it from Amazon tho.