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Quick and Cheap Dinner: Yes, It IS That Easy Tomato Sauce

Posted Jun 25 2009 12:00am

June 25, 2009 |

Homemade tomato sauce is one of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately, most folks rarely get to indulge because tomato sauce has a reputation for being labor intensive. I have one thing to say about that: PSSSHHH! Summer is the best time of year to do anything with tomatoes, so why not go for it? Follow my boyfriend’s recipe for a plate-licking, going-back-for-thirds-and-fourths tomato sauce. He takes a bit longer to simmer his, but I bastardized his recipe and got it on my plate in under 30 minutes.

Look at the steam rising off of this!

Look at the steam rising off of this!

Serves 2-3, but can easily be doubled
Total time: 30 minutes
Cost per serving: $3-4

4 ripe tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves (or more!) garlic
1 med. onion
2 cups whole wheat rotini or other chunky pasta

salad dressing of your choice
Bagged salad greens
hydroponic sprouts (my new favorite thing)
grape tomatoes

If you are really pressed for time just skip the part where you boil and peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. My boyfriend doesn’t do it because he’s not as fussy as me, and his sauce comes out fine. You can also add all kinds of crap to this sauce, like olives or chicken or even herbs if you want to get all fancy. I like it simple, but go nuts if that’s your thing.


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