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Easy Tomato Sauce

Tue 11 May 2021 12:39:59 PDT
The words "easy" and "perfect" hardly ever go together. Yet they easily describe this recipe perfectly well. So many recipes include tomato sauce as an essential component—having an excellent one on hand is surely a cook's treasure.

Fortunately this sauce keeps well (in the fridge). Making a double batch for future use is quite practical. Much better than sauce in cans, no metallic taste or undesirable additives.

Goes without saying this sauce can be augmented with additional or alternative spices, herbs or other flavorings. Trying variations, adapting to new recipes is always a worthwhile idea.


  • sun-dried tomato, strips 1/2 cup
  • water 1/2-1 cup
  • shallots, chopped fine 1/4 cup
  • garlic, chopped 1/2 tbsp
  • green onion, chopped 1 tbsp
  • coriander, ground 2 tsp
  • cumin, ground 1 tsp
  • basil, dried 1 tsp
  • oregano, dried 1 tsp
  • salt, pepper 1/4-1/2 tsp
  • olive oil 1-2 tbsp
  1. Place dried tomato pieces in a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup water.
  2. Simmer for at least 5 minutes, until the tomato has become soft.
  3. Process the tomato and water in a food processor or blender until smooth. It may be necessary to add a bit more water.
  4. Meanwhile saute the shallots, garlic, green onion in oil for several minutes, then stir in coriander and cumin.
  5. Add the tomato puree to the contents in the pan and simmer for 5-10 min.
  6. Finally season with salt and pepper.
  7. Ready to use when reaches room temperature.
  8. Store in refrigerator. Keeps for 2-3 weeks, possibly longer. In the freezer will last for several months.
Categories: sauces

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