Sauce for days…

How many times a month do you purchase pre-made sauces?  Whether it be marinara/spaghetti sauce or your favorite BBQ, I bet at least twice a month your standing in line with a jar of tomato sauce.  In our house hold, we were going through at least 2-3 jars or marinara sauce a month.  Of course buying your typical Ragu is not satisfactory, so it’s Mario Batalli Marinara at almost $6 a jar adds up rather quickly.

Why not take an hour out of your month and make a much better tasting assortment of sauces.  Greater quantity + Better tasting + 1/2 the price.  Can you beat that?

Homemade Red Sauce (marinara/pizza sauce)

Quantity = at least 4 jars of sauce

  • 3 c. of extra virgin olive oil ($6.00)
  • 3 tbsp. salt (pantry)
  • 6 whole sprigs of basil ($1.29)
  • 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes (pantry)
  • 10 whole cloves of garlic ($1.00)
  • 2 Monster cans (2lbs) of whole peeled tomatoes ($2.49 at costco)

Pour 1 cup of the extra-virgin olive oil into a large sauce pot.  Take peeled tomatoes and drain juices and seeds into a bowl, place drained tomatoes in sauce pot.  Heat oil and tomatoes on a medium flame, begin smashing tomatoes with a potato masher.  Mash until there are no longer any large chunks. Simmer tomatoes for 40 minutes.

While tomatoes are simmering combine 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil, full basil sprigs, red pepper flakes, and whole garlic cloves in a small sauce pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes.  You are creating an infused oil that you will mix in with the sauce for extreme flavor.

After the tomatoes have simmered for 40 minutes.  Drain the infused oil into the simmered tomatoes, leaving the garlic & basil to be tossed out.  Mix the oil into the tomatoes very well, until the mixture appears seamless.  Jar the red sauce a refrigerate.

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