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Welcome to Luigi's Tastes of Italy

This blog is my small dedication to Italian cooking, and is abolutely 100% free of pretentiousness, complicated ingredients, or any effort to present Italian cuisine as anything other than it really is, very simple.

Hope you enjoy reading my posts and maybe trying out some of the recipes.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

The Easiest To Make Pasta Sauce in the World, Honest!

Let me start by saying, Tomato Sauce is easy to make. It pains me to see supermarket shelves packed full of ready made tomato pasta sauce.

Please stop wasting your money by buying these artificial ready-made tomato sauces for Pasta. You can create any of these yourself with no trouble at all. Once made, you can freeze it for 6 months, or store it in the fridge for 2-3 days no problem.  All of this without any unnatural flavourings, fillers or stabilizers.  To be honest though, I think most people only buy these products because they have never thought about or tried to make the sauce themselves, but you can definately do it! Easily. Trust me..

1 medium sized onion diced up small,
2 cloves of garlic crushed up, and diced,
800g of chopped tomatoes (either fresh, or two 400g tins)
1/2 teaspoon mixture of dried thyme and oregano,
1 or 2 teaspoons of tomato concentrate,
salt and pepper to season sauce.


-Fry some chopped onion and garlic in a pan, in a little oil,  until nice and soft but not coloured.

-Add the chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon or two of tomato concentrate, the italian herbs, the salt and pepper, and cook, uncovered on a gentle heat for between 10-30 minutes, until you get the desired consistency.

That is it finished.  This sauce can be used right away served on pasta, or can be cooled and stored in the fridge for a few days, or even frozen for later use (upto 6 months later, easily).
However, don't think that is it. This sauce, can be used as a base to lots of other Italian dishes, some of which I will be listing later.  You will be amazed at how easy some of the resturaunt favourites are to make. Enjoy!


Donna said...

Agreed! Tomato sauce is the easiet to make! Welcome to the foodie blogroll!

Anonymous said...

where in Italy is your family from? I am not used to seeing oregano in Italian tomato sauces (as opposed to Italian-American) -- or is the oregano a British addition? I am not complaining, I think the "authentic" sauce is the sauce you grew up with, but I am just curious if the oregano is representative of some area....
Keep the recipes coming!

Luigi's said...

Thanks Donna, I will drop by everyones food blogs as soon as possible. A great resource.

Hello Anon, do you know we don't know just when oregano/thyme snuck into the recipe. Certainly before coming to the UK though. My family are from an area just outside Foggia. I often make it without just as often, the quantity used imparts only a subtle addition.

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