Food | Tomato Sauce

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Tomato Sauce 1

I confess that I’m a carb-aholic; I could easily eat a family sized portion of pasta and not think twice. I maintain that I have hollow legs. I’ve joked, that I'm never full, I just know when to stop; but my enchantment with pasta is another matter completely. I am thankful everyday for “smart” pastas; they definitely take the edge off my carbohydrate indulgences.

This past weekend I was house sitting for my parents; and after a few solo glasses of the grapes (read: wine), I was beginning to hunger for pasta and sauce. What is it about red wine that demands such heavy accompaniment? In any case, I went to bed hungry; and woke with my craving still heavy on my mind. Enter the easiest pasta sauce I have ever made.

And I know “easy” is sometimes seen as less flavorful or rich; but I assure you this is not only easy but delicious as well. And by easy, I mean quick prep; but, as for time, the sauce needs some time to simmer and create a wonderfully rich tomato sauce. I had two very large bowls in quick succession- one just didn't seem like enough. Initially I had planned to save some for my parents to try upon their return home; but gluttony prevailed and the sauce barely made it 24 hours. Next time I’ll make more; but, I’ll likely just eat more.

Tomato Sauce 2

Tomato Sauce

761 ml canned whole tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ medium sweet onion
¼ cup pinot grigio, or any medium sweet white wine
2 tbsp butter
¾ tsp honey or more if the tomatoes are too tart
1 tbsp oregano
1 ¼ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Heat a heavy bottom pot on medium high heat and melt ½ tbsp of butte, add the garlic and cook until fragrant and slightly colored- about 3 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bits from the bottom of the pot. Simmer for a minute and season with salt; add the canned tomatoes, their juice, the onion and the remaining butter and bring back up to simmer. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally; pressing the tomatoes against the side of the pot to break them up. Add the pepper and honey; and taste. You may need more honey if your tomatoes are too tart.


  1. It's amazing how good a simple tomato sauce is.

  2. It really is. This was all I ate for days!

  3. I share your love of carbs, my weakness is bread but I'll take a nice plate of pasta any day!

  4. Haha Sylvie, I, too, don't discriminate. Pasta, bread, rice- I deal in them all!

  5. There's nothing like home-made tomato sauce when tomatoes are perfectly ripe and in season! Delicious!

  6. I love this sauce; simple and seasonal- absolute perfection!


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