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Nothing beats a good homemade tomato sauce. No, sir. No, ma’am. I know there are many recipes out there but this one is my favorite.
My mom is really my first favorite and this one somewhat stems from it and is, therefore, a favorite as well. A good tomato sauce can take any dish from average to fabulous.
It can make a world of difference in pasta, soups, casseroles, pizza, beans, marinades, fish, rice, dips, and much, much more. Well, you get the idea… it can be used in everything! — except, debatably, desserts. I hope you like this one; it is perfect.
PERFECT TOMATO SAUCE RECIPE
Yield: 2 1/2 CUPS
Prep Time: 5 MIN
Cook Time: 25 MIN
- 4 large ripe tomatoes (1.75 to 2 pounds)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon harissa or other hot sauce (optional)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup of water
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
Step 1: Halve the tomatoes and grate them using the large holes of a box grater into a medium saucepan. Alternatively, you could peel and puree them in a blender or food processor.
Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients except the tomato paste. Bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce until it looks thicker, 20 minutes.
Step 3: Discard the bay leaves. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for an additional 2 minutes.