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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
Garlic
2 cloves
Onion
1
Canned tomatoes
2 cans
◎Dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
2 to 3 shakes each
◎Salt
about 1 teaspoon
◎Black pepper
a small amount

Steps

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.