Step 1: Ingredients:
- one 28 oz can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce, no salt or low salt preferred
- one medium onion
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- Italian seasoning or oregano & basil
- red chili flakes or dried red chilies
- red wine vinegar
- olive, canola or vegetable oil, for sauteing
I also prefer crushed tomatoes to tomato sauce - crushed has a lot more body and some chunks. But sauce is great if you like little to no chunks.
If you'd like to do a marinara style sauce, use half an onion and equal amounts of diced carrots and celery. They add tons of flavor!
Step 2: Dice Onion, Mince Garlic.
Step 3: Saute the Onions.
Drop in your onions, and cook until soft and slightly translucent.
Step 4: Add Garlic, Herbs and Spices!
I like to add a good pinch of salt and black pepper to start, at least one red chili or about 1/2 tsp red chili flakes, and at least a teaspoon or so of Italian seasoning.
Stir this around and cook until very fragrant.
Step 5: Add Tomatoes!
Step 6: Simmer!
After it's simmered for 10-15 minutes, check the seasonings. Now you can add a little more of whatever you like.
As an added bonus, adding a bit of red wine vinegar at the end makes the sauce infinitely tasty. I recommend adding at least a tablespoon or so in the last five minutes of cooking.
It's perfect over pasta of any kind, in lasagna, or mixed into rice. I really enjoy using half over pasta, and adding sriracha to the second half and mixing it into rice. I'm actually doing that tonight, Rice and sriracha tomato sauce is the best.