Light Tomato Sauce Recipe
Level: Super Easy!
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Tomato sauce Recipe Overview
This light, fresh tomato sauce would be the one used in the Naples region of Italy hundreds of years ago and would be used as a pasta or pizza topping. It’s simplicity and freshness makes it the perfect tomato sauce recipe to top any type of homemade or restaurant quality pasta. You can also add this tomato sauce to seafood salad recipe. This is also a vegan tomato sauce recipe that is all natural and low in calories.
Kitchen Tools For This Tomato Sauce Recipe:
Mixing spoon (metal or wood)
Mashing tool – potato masher, large fork, food mill…
Light tomato sauce Recipe Ingredients & Shopping List
32 oz can San Marzano whole tomatoes (Better tomatoes make better sauce. Try to find imported D.O.P. if possible. See information below about San Marzano tomatoes.)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped (alternative, 1 teaspoon dry oregano)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (alternative, 2 tablepoon dried basil)
Kosher salt to taste (usually about 1/2 teaspoon)
Light Tomato Sauce Recipe Cooking Instructions
Empty the can of tomatoes into a mixing bowl. Crush the tomatoes, using one of many possible techniques. You can simply crush them by hand, use a potato masher, or if you have a food mill with a course grate that works very well. You control the texture here, whether you want chunky or smooth.
Red tomato sauce Variations
If you want a thicker sauce, you can simply cook it down on a low simmer, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t scorch on the bottom, until you get the desired thickness.
An optional way to thicken it is to mix in San Marzano tomato paste. Add some more salt to taste if doing this.
If you want a smoother sauce, instead of crushing, blend the tomatoes with a stick mixer or blender for a few seconds.
Common Questions About red tomato sauce:
How do I store my red tomato sauce? This sauce can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 10 days in an air tight container, or frozen for up to 60 days.
What is the difference between red tomato sauce vs. marinara sauce? This recipe creates the traditional style light and fresh tomato sauce used for hundreds of years, originating in the Naples region of Italy. There are excellent recipes for sauces in the marinara family, which are cooked, often have meat and fats, and are beautifully rich tasting.
Is this red tomato sauce recipe vegan? Yes! This is considered a vegan red tomato sauce recipe.
What are San Marzano tomatoes? San Marzano tomatoes originate from the small town of San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples, Italy. Today, it is not possible for that region to supply the world demand for “San Marzanos”, but the Italian government does a good job of regulating quality and utilizes a D.O.P (Denominazione di Origine Protetta, meaning “Protected Designation of Origin”) symbol on tomatoes that still meet the high standard of a true San Marzano. Be wary and read the labels. Central California grows a very good substitute, and calls them “San Marzano Style” tomatoes. Be aware of what you’re buying and don’t be fooled.
How much red tomato sauce should I put on my pasta? The type of pasta depends a lot on this. If the pasta has holes (penne pasta) you can put less sauce since the tomato sauce will absorb better. If the pasta does not have holes (like linguine) then the spaghetti sauce will be absorbed less.