Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Best Red Sauce

I love this sauce. It's a quick sauce to get started, and the simmer time is hands off. It freezes well, so if you have a big pot you can double the recipe (I use a 5 quart pot) and have a nice store of sauce in the freezer.

I use it for everything: pizza, calzone, lasagne, ravioli, spaghetti. If you like your lasagne saucy (which I do), a single batch is the perfect amount for a 9x13 pan.

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Best Red Sauce
I don't recall the original source for this sauce, but I believe it was originally a sauce for a lasagne from All Recipes.

1 TB extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 TB sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried basil (or 3 tsp fresh basil)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 TB salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 TB dried parsley

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.

Saute onion and garlic until the onions are soft and golden.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes.

Serve with pasta, or use as a sauce for pizza or calzone, adding meat or veggies to the sauce as desired.

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