Delicious and Multi-Purpose Tomato Sauce

Delicious and Multi-Purpose Tomato Sauce

Make this slowly when you have some time. Put it on bread, use as pasta sauce. The thyme makes it go well with meat or fish!

Ingredients: about 800 ml

Olive oil
4 tablespoons
2 cloves
Canned tomatoes
2 cans
◎Dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
2 to 3 shakes each
about 1 teaspoon
◎Black pepper
a small amount


1. Add finely chopped garlic to the oiive oil and heat until fragrant.
2. Add thinly sliced onion. When it's absorbed the oil, set the heat to low-medium, and sauté the onion until it's caramelized. (Turn the heat down to low when you aren't stirring it.)
3. Add canned tomatoes and the ◎ ingredients. Cover with a lid and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes to an hour. Taste, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and it's done.
4. You can use it as-is (as show in the photo), or puree it in a blender until smooth.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love Chef Mamoru Kataoka's recipe and read that he sweats onions slowly for 1 hour. Up until then I made tomato sauce without cooking the onion for that long, but I tried it and I was struck by the difference in the depth of flavor of the sauce.