Monday, March 18, 2013

Easy Tomato Basil Sauce

Sometimes you want pasta with homemade sauce (or gravy as I waxed on about in my very first blog post) but you don't have time to let it simmer for 3 hours. Or maybe you want a lighter, meatless option because the weather is more spring-like than hibernating in the winter-like. Or maybe you literally have no time but you're craving pasta. 

I typically find myself in the latter scenario. I get a hankering for pasta on a weekly basis ...sometimes a daily basis. Whatev. Lucky for me I've discovered Pomi chopped tomatoes. The ingredients? 

Chopped Tomatoes. 

Yup, that's it. And it comes in a box, not a can. It's simply a box o' tomatoes that smells like freshness. This is the base for your super simple tomato basil sauce.

Start by dumping the entire box of tomatoes in a saucepan with chopped basil. Bring to a boil, then take it down to a simmer. Add your Italian seasoning friends - minced garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and a smidge of sugar to cut the tomatoes acidity. If you're feeling fancy, add in grated Parmesan. Keep tasting until you get it right, there's no right or wrong here! Simmer for 10 minutes, 30  minutes, an hour, whatever you have time for. The more time you have the more time the flavors have to meld together, but it will be good no matter how much time you have! 

Toss with fresh pasta and grated Parmesan for a light, simple meal that will knock your socks off. Seriously, this sauce goes with ANY type of pasta you have in the pantry. Mr. Fo and I have eaten this for the past 2 Sunday evenings, and it's a yummy way to close out the weekend. You'll never need to buy jarred pasta sauce again. (In full disclosure, I have plenty of jars of pasta sauce in my pantry. Its not bad. Its just not the best.)


This weekend was relaxing and pretty low key. Mr. Fo and I went to the US National Whitewater Center to take a hike on one of the trails only to find that they'd dyed the rapids radioactive green for St. Patty's Day. Surprise! 

I also played with my new tripod which is seriously life changing in terms of getting a steady shot. I should have bought this years ago! 

I hope everyone has a productive, positive and enjoyable week! I'll be back later this week!


  1. Mmmm! I love homemade tomato sauce (and yes, I did grow up calling it sugo!) Here’s a tip I’ve learned to cut the acidity and avoid sugar: use frozen mashed squash. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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