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How To Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

October 17th, 2012 Cooking

Tomato sauce is extremely versatile, especially if you cook a lot of Italian food. Of course, buying it from the store can become expensive, which is why you may want to consider making your own! It's a fairly simple recipe and can be customized as you see fit. Plus, once you find a sauce that works for you, you can make it in bulk, which can save you a lot of money in the long run. Ready to give it a shot? Here's a simple 30-minute recipe, courtesy of Rachel Ray.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
2 cups chopped canned peeled tomatoes
Salt to taste

In a medium skillet, combine the olive oil, parsley and garlic and turn the heat up to medium-high. When the garlic begins to sizzle, add the tomatoes, including the juice, and season with salt. Lower the heat to medium and allow everything to cook until the liquid evaporates and the oil begins to separate from the sauce (about 25 minutes). If you follow this recipe exactly, you'll end up with enough sauce to coat a pound of pasta, so adjust accordingly!

Looking to add some more flavor to the recipe? Throw in a chopped onion when you start cooking, or try adding some beef or chicken stock to the mix. According to the Food Network, you can easily make a meat sauce by browning a pound or two of ground beef and adding it to the mixture once everything else has finished cooking. This will give you a heartier sauce that can add that little extra bit of flair your pasta dish may need.