tomato sauce

Categories
Salsa/sauce
Yield
1 servings
MeasureIngredient
1 large Can tomatoes (cheapest is
  Best here, since they're
  Soupy to start with)
Dead-ripe, peeled, fresh
  Tomatoes (optional - if
  They're in season, else
  Don't bother)
Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 small Bell pepper, red or green
  (optional - only if you
  Like it)
¼ cup Best olive oil
8 ounces Contadina tomato sauce
6 ounces Can Contadina tomato paste
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Dried oregano
  Minced fresh basil, to
  Taste (hard to have too
  Much basil)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot, and saute the onions and green pepper until soft. Add the garlic and saute another minute or two.

Coarsely chop the fresh tomatoes, add them to the pot and cook, stirring, until they begin to give up their juice. Coarsely chop the canned tomatoes and add them, along with the tomato sauce and tomato past. Stir in the seasonings, cover the pot and simmer the sauce over low heat 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The Contadina tomato sauce and paste have significantly better flavor than any others I know of. If you can't get Contadina, then a small shake of tobasco will help (not enough to make it hot, just enough to give it a little sparkle).

For all those people who THINK they can't make a pie crust, here is a quick, easy, and CHEAP pie crust recipe. I think the trick is the boiling water and fluffing the shortening with a fork so that it disperses evenly throughout the flour.

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