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- 1 can large tomatoes (cheapest is best here, since they're soupy to start with)
- 2 tomatoes, peeled (if they're in season, else don't bother) (optional)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small red bell peppers (only if you like it) (optional) or 1 small green bell pepper (only if you like it) (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup best olive oil
- 8 ounces Contadina tomato sauce
- 1 (6 ounce) can Contadina tomato paste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
- fresh basil, Minced (hard to have too much basil)
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot, and saute the onions and green pepper until soft. Add the garlic and saute another minute or two.
- Coarsely chop the fresh tomatoes, add them to the pot and cook, stirring, until they begin to give up their juice. Coarsely chop the canned tomatoes and add them, along with the tomato sauce and tomato past. Stir in the seasonings, cover the pot and simmer the sauce over low heat 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- The Contadina tomato sauce and paste have significantly better flavor than any others I know of.
- If you can't get Contadina, then a small shake of Tabasco will help (not enough to make it hot, just enough to give it a little sparkle).
This sauce is very yummy, yet so easy to make! I used 32 oz tomato sauce, 15 oz diced tomato, tomato paste, kosher salt, minced garlic from a jar, 1 large onion, dried oregano and fresh basil. I omitted the pepper. It is even better the next day after the flavors have melded together. I've served it by itself and also with Kittencal's Italian Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meatballs. Definitely a keeper!
We had this tonight with a salad, and italian bread, which I can't get enough of! My husband thinks its the best! Thanks for posting.
I made this using nothing only canned tomatoes, no peppers, generic tomato sauce and tomato paste, and a mixture of dried and fresh basil and it was still really good! It has a nice tomato-y taste that lasts a long time in your mouth, and it's a strong enough sauce where it won't get overwhelmed by multi-grain pasta. Highly recommended!