Thick and Chumky Tomato Sauce

Angela writes: A few simple ingredients can create the most delightful homemade tomato sauce! The secret to this recipe is blending sun-dried tomatoes with a scoop of sauce and then stirring it back into the pot. The result is a thick and creamy tomato sauce with a ton of flavour unlike any other tomato sauce. There's no need to skin the tomatoes for this recipe, but I like to quickly discard the seeds before using. Chop the tomato into 4-5 large wedges and then push the seeds out from both sides and discard. Proceed with dicing as usual. If you don't have oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, feel free to use dried - but be sure to soak them in water until soft and drain before use. You might want to bump up the olive oil to 1.5 tablespoons to make up for the reduction in oil. Lastly, this batch only makes 1 & ¼ cups - I would suggest doubling it because it doesn't last long!

Thick and Chumky Tomato Sauce

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  • For the sauce (makes 1 + ¼ cups):

  • 1

    tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½

    large sweet onion or 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 2

    large garlic cloves, minced

  • 3

    large tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 3 cups diced)

  • ¼

    cup fresh basil leaves, minced

  • ¼

    cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (about 6)

  • ½

    teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼-½

    teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)


•Add the oil, onion, and garlic into a medium pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. •Stir in the diced tomatoes and increase heat to high-medium to bring to a low boil. When the mixture boils, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes, uncovered, until most of the water cooks off. Watch closely, reducing heat if necessary and stirring often. •Add sun-dried tomatoes into a food processor along with a ladle of the tomato sauce. Process until mostly smooth. Stir this mixture back into the tomato sauce in the pot. •Stir in the minced basil, oregano, salt, and pepper, and optional red pepper flakes to taste. Continue cooking until thickened to your liking and then remove from heat. •Serve sauce over a bed of pasta noodles, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash noodles.


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