October’s Tip: Sauce It Up!

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When Fall arrives, I always find myself preparing dishes that warm me up on the inside and “sticks to your ribs” so to speak. So with that in mind, I thought sharing my quick pasta sauce method would be a great recipe that anyone can make quickly and at the same time enjoy a freshly made rich tomato sauce. The great thing with my tomato sauce recipe is it adapts well to different flavour accents like basil, white wine, mushrooms, etc; the additions are numerous, so get creative!

This method requires diced tomatoes either fresh or canned, your choice, tomato paste, and various aromatics – diced onions, garlic and green pepper. You can add some dried or fresh herbs. I commonly use dried oregano, basil and thyme. Rosemary can be an excellent addition as well. Its robust aromatic flavour really permeates the entire sauce adding a great taste.

Spaghetti Sauce

The other fantastic thing that I love about this dish is that it is very quick to put together. Start by sautéing your aromatics and herbs in a little oil. If you are going for the full experience you can use olive oil, but you can use whatever your preferred cooking oil is; however, I would avoid using coconut milk.

Once your aromatics and herbs are cooked down, add your tomatoes. If you use fresh tomatoes add a little water as well to help create your sauce for a chunky texture, or puree your tomatoes for a smoother finish. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 minutes and then add some tomato paste. Add your salt and pepper and a touch of sugar to help balance the acid of the tomatoes. Cover and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. I normally let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes while I tackle something else.

Mushroom stuffed Ravioli

Once your sauce is ready you can serve it with your favorite fresh or dried pasta of any kind. I love to eat it with capellini or tortellini pasta, but whatever you fancy will work. You can also add meat or leave it as a vegetarian sauce. Either make meatballs on the side or brown off the ground meats while sautéing your aromatics and herbs.

And there you have it, a quick simple homemade tomato sauce that you can enjoy on any night. This sauce freezes well and is one of those dishes that gets better the next day!

Capellini Pasta



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