I was out of my favorite sauce to make Baked Ziti on Sunday, so I made my own. I used various types of canned tomatoes to make a delicious sauce! I will be doing this again because the sauce turned out even better than I expected. I let it simmer on low heat most of the day while I worked on house things, it turned out fabulous!
4 tablespoons good olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
6-8 shallots, diced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup diced carrots (I used frozen coin carrots that I had in the freezer)
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes (one had olive oil, garlic, and basil flavors in it)
1 14.5 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
2 cartons of tomato puree
1 can of tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning (or use fresh basil, if you have it!)
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
2-3 tablespoons of salted butter to finish sauce, optional
Heat olive oil at medium high heat in a stock pot. sauté onion, shallots, and carrots, until soft, but not brown. Add in crushed garlic.
Next, add in all canned tomatoes. Then, add in your salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings, and add in the sugar, if you choose to use sugar.
Cook until sauce is bubbling, then turn down heat to simmer. Once sauce is simmering, use an immersion blender to blend your sauce to the consistency you prefer. Then add in your butter to finish the sauce. The butter gives the sauce a flavorful, rich, smooth and velvety finish.
I simmered my sauce on low for most of the day while I did house chores. Then, I made some homemade baked ziti with it. It would be perfect for any pasta, chicken parmesan, pizza, whatever you would like to use it for! You could even morph it into some yummy tomato soup.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Leave a comment letting me know what you put in your favorite homemade tomato sauce.
Until next time,