Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

This is a simple, pantry-friendly tomato sauce that’s very versatile. It can be added to browned ground beef for meat sauce, used on pizza or in lasagna, simmered a bit extra to thicken it for eggplant parmesan or meatball subs… The choices are endless! It’s not my very favorite tomato sauce, but it’s much simpler and quicker to maker than that one is. Roommates seem to like it quite a bit.

Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

1/4 lb. pancetta, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2-3″ tomato paste
1 can (28 oz.) tomato puree
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (or two almost-mushy tomatoes from the counter, diced)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil*
1/4 tsp. dried thyme

Cook pancetta in a large pot over medium heat. When it’s about half-done, add the onion so that can soften. Stir it around until the onion is soft. (This is a good opportunity to use up any wilty shallots, too, if you happen to have some sitting around.) When the onion has reached your preferred softness, add the garlic and let it get fragrant and toasty. Squeeze in the tomato paste and let that toast too.

Add all the canned tomatoes and herbs, stir, and drop the heat. Simmer to desired consistency. Makes about a quart, ish.

*Yes, fresh basil really is better, but I’m going for pantry-friendly here. If you have a basil plant, use it!

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~ by iliadawry on 4 September 2012.

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