When tomato season is in full swing, I make a lot of treats. But sometimes I bring home a big bag of "seconds" tomatoes (bruised or burst tomatoes) and need to make something with all of them right away.FullSizeRenderClick here for more on buying "seconds" and bulk at farmers markets It's times like these that I throw together a quick, super basic tomato sauce, which can be doctored up and used for plenty of recipes down the road.

Super Basic tomato sauce

  1. IMG_2147In a large pot over a medium heat, saute diced onion in olive oil until glassy and softened
  2. Stir in diced garlic and a sprinkle of salt
  3. While onion and garlic cook, remove any bad bits (if using seconds) and stem/core from tomatoes and chop up tomatoes
  4. Add tomatoes to the pot and increase the heat, cooking until tomatoes fall apart, adding any herbs you like (oregano and basil are common favorites)
  5. When tomatoes have cooked down, blend the sauce with an immersion blender (or regular counter top blender)
  6. Doctor the sauce if you like by adding lemon juice, more salt, pepper, a splash of soy sauce or even vinegarIMG_2151

What to do with it

  • IMG_2183Sauce can be stored in the fridge in jars, in the freezer in tupperware, or can be canned using a water bath method
  • Add items to make a more full tomato sauce (more onions and garlic, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, red wine, and any other veggies or meat you like in your tomato sauce)
  • Use the tomato sauce to make shakshuka (more on this to come!)
  • Cook rice, quinoa, or cous cous in the tomato sauce for yummy, well-flavored grains
  • Anything else you regularly make with tomato sauce