A good tomato sauce was something that always interested me but I was never happy with my efforts until I was shown this recipe by a good friend. What I learnt the most from it is that simplicity works.
The sauce has a few layers or stages to it and all up you will want to set aside about 2 hours to cook it. Within this time you do not have to be standing by the side of the sauce as you will cook everything on a low heat and only are needed to stir and keep a watchful eye on the sauce.
The sauce starts with very slowly cooked onions, the rule of thumb here is the longer the better as you want to release all that natural sweetness from the onion and this will happen when you let it cook on a low heat for a long time. Next you will want to add your Brown Sugar, Chilli & Grained Mustard. I like to add one at a time and let it cook into the onions for a couple of minutes so it starts to leave its signature in the flavour. Finally it is the Red Wine & Tomatoes. This sauce will cook for a least 90 minutes further with you stirring the sauce every 15 minutes, remembering to add some fresh basil every time you stir the sauce.
All up the Tomato sauce is super simple to make and the taste is amazing...
The recipe below is enough for 4 generous servings so I like to keep half in a sealed jar - it will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
Serves 4 Cost of sauce: € 4.00
3 medium sized onions
2 Cloves of Garlic
Tsp seeded mustard
Tsp of chili powder (more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
Tsp Brown Sugar
Glass of red wine
3 tins of chopped tomatoes
Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves
Salt & Pepper
Thick bottomed saucepan
- Finely chop the onions & garlic
- Sauté onions in the butter on a low to medium heat until the onions turns translucent (after 5 minutes add your chopped garlic)– try to keep the onions here for a minimum of 10 minutes but the longer you cook the onion the better as it caramelizes naturally
- Firstly add your chilli powder & mix with your onion and cook for a couple of minutes
- Repeat with your Brown Sugar & then your seeded mustard
- Now add the Red Wine. Let the onions and Red Wine fuse together for about 5 minutes
- Finally add the jars of tomatoes & mix completely
- Turn heat down low and simmer with the lid removed for about 90 minutes.
- Stir every 15 minutes – everytime you stir add a small handful of fresh basil leaves to the sauce
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
You now have your basic tomato sauce - you can add this to a Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagna or eat with meatballs. Or simply eat by itself with freshly grated Parmesan
Why not try my Mozzarella Garlic Bread recipe with this