Fresh Tomato Sauce

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Recipe Details
Ingredients
  • 2 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 1 medium uncooked onion(s), finely chopped
  • 2 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
  • 12 medium plum tomato(es), finely chopped (reserve juice)
  • 2 Tbsp basil, leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, stemmed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Spray a large saucepan with nonstick spray and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until soft, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and all their juice; stir well and continue cooking until they begin to simmer.
  3. Stir in the basil, oregano, thyme, honey, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Serving Size: 1/2 cup.
Notes
If you're going to use fresh tomatoes, also use fresh herbs for the best taste. Make a double batch and freeze half for dinner on another night. 7 Things to do with Fresh Tomato Sauce: Baked Italian Chicken Pour sauce over skinless bone-in chicken thighs in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bake in a preheated 350ºF oven until bubbling and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into one of the thighs without touching bone registers 180ºF, about 35 minutes. Baked Potatoes Slice open a freshly baked potato and spoon on sauce as a topping. Dip/Salsa Pour half the sauce into a blender; blend until just smooth. Use as a dip for vegetables or toasted pita rounds. Stir 1 chopped, seeded jalapeno chili into the chunky sauce, if desired. Fish Pour the sauce into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish; heat in a preheated 350ºF oven for 10 minutes. Lay fish fillets on top of sauce; bake until the fish flakes when gently scraped with a fork, about 10 minutes. Mussels Marinara Stir 3 pounds of cleaned and de-bearded mussels into the sauce after it's thickened. Cover and simmer until the mussels have opened, about 4 minutes. Discard any mussels that don't open. Pizza Blend all the sauce in the blender until smooth; spread onto a purchased whole wheat pizza crust. Top with vegetables and a little low-fat mozzarella or goat cheese; bake as directed on the crust's package. Shrimp and Rice Casserole Stir 3 cups cooked brown rice and 1 1/2 pounds cleaned and deveined medium shrimp (about 30 per pound) into the sauce. Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top with 2 ounces grated low-fat Cheddar. Bake in a preheated 350ºF oven until bubbling, about 35 minutes.

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