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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Simple Tomato Sauce.

  I like homemade salad dressing... I like all kinds of homemade salad dressings.... I must admit I have become attached to them,especially in mason jars. I really love mason jars and all though I don't currently use them as my glasses at home,I consider them a part of the drinkware family. ( I don't know if drinkware is actually a word.)
   And lets see I've gotten into making my own jams,jellies and pickles and oh wait must not forget the almond butter! I really loved that,that was just some fine almond butter.You would think by making all these condiments I don't by them at the grocery store anymore,weeellll...not really I don't but when it comes to dollars I think I break even. One thing though,when it come to taste I have hit the jackpot.
   A few months ago,we had just gotten the house and I knew that very soon there would be a spell where I didn't a. didn't feel like cooking elaborate meals, b. might not have all the ingredients to cook elaborate meals, and/or c. wouldn't have all the time in the world to cook elaborate meals.
      The iheartcookingclubs group had just voted on Jamie Oliver as our next chef ,I ordered a couple Jamie Oliver cookbooks online and when they came in the mail I WAS OFF!! I like his style and am still getting used to his recipe format. One thing I have fallen completely for is his tomato sauce recipe ( and you thought I was gonna say his lovely British accent...not bad though).So this is my contribution for the Potluck theme this week and in a few weeks I'll wirte about the roasted chicken with rosemary and olives recipe that I used the tomato sauce in until then...
Gather together 2-3 cans of good plum tomatoes,I like Cento.
 Round up the rest of your ingredients: dried oregano,(he asked for fresh,I had dried) red chile and 3 garlic cloves.(Oh yes,in the book he says either the oregano or some chopped basil's summertime and basil is now alive and well,hello I might make this sauce again with the basil stalks,look out!)
A few simple steps later you have divine (like buttah) homemade tomato sauce. fine,fine fine,pot full of tomato goodness.
And folks what do you do if you know in a few weeks you might not have time/money or energy to make such a divine sauce,well gather your wits about you and make up a pot of this stuff,let it cool overnight in the fridge and bag that goodness up for the future. Hooray for thinking ahead.

Simple Tomato Sauce
adapted from Jamie's Dinners
 written by Jamie Oliver
page 40
2-3 cans good plum tomatoes
olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic
pinch of dried oregano
fresh or dried red chile
swig of red wine vinegar
1. In a large pot heat some olive oil over medium heat,gently fry the garlic,oregano and chile.Add the whole tomatoes cook for a minute or so,reduce the heat and lightly season with salt and pepper.Gently simmer for 30 minutes,remove the chile.
2. Mush up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon ( or a quick go with the handy immersion blender) and add a swig of red wine vinegar for some twang. Taste and season carefully with salt and pepper again and TA-sa! you have homemade tomato sauce. Enjoy!



  1. I sure wish I had the foresight to look ahead and stock up my fridge with Jamie's recipes. The sauce looks terrific!

  2. I really have to clean out my freezer, to make some room for this great sauce!
    Thanks for pointing this recipe out to me.

  3. What a great thing to come home to--delicious homemade sauce ready to go in the freezer. Great pick! ;-)

  4. Great idea to stock up! Perfect way to utilize Potluck week. ☺

  5. Great idea to make and freeze! Looks like a delicious sauce.

  6. I need to make this and freeze it!