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This is another one of those crazy simple recipes that is completely worth the time and tastes nothing at all like jarred tomato sauce. The key here is finding the best tomatoes you can, and using fresh basil leaves instead of dried. If your tomatoes are not at their peak, use the full tablespoon of sugar; this will help counter the acidity. If you are using ripe, super sweet tomatoes I would reduce the amount of sugar to maybe ½ tablespoon. This sauce freezes beautifully, so if you have an overabundance of tomatoes this is a great way to use them up before the end of summer.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Serves 4-6

2 lb cherry or grape tomatoes

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

2 beef bouillon cubes

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. sugar

½ cup whole basil leaves

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1. In a large pot with a lid, add all ingredients and stir to combine.

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2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes start to burst

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3. Cover and reduce to a simmer; cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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4. For the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, partially remove the lid and bring to a slight boil over medium heat to allow some of the excess liquid to evaporate and the flavors to concentrate.

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5. Serve with pasta and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Homemade Tomato Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lb cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup whole basil leaves
Instructions
  1. In a large pot with a lid, add all ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes start to burst
  3. Cover and reduce to a simmer; cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. For the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, partially remove the lid and bring to a slight boil over medium heat to allow some of the excess liquid to evaporate and the flavors to concentrate.
  5. Serve with pasta and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Merritt October 18, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Beef bouillon cubes!?!? Doing it Saturday.

     
    • admin October 18, 2013 at 1:46 am

      That’s the secret!

       
  2. Rita October 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for a good veggie replacement for the cubes??

     
    • Melissa October 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Rita, I would try vegetable cubes or 1 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder, and a little more salt. Hope that helps!

       

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