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The following are tips on how to get back to basics, eat healthier and save yourself a lot of time and money!

Simple Tomato Sauce

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Since her new show is about the essentials every cook needs to know, Kelsey shares her simple tomato sauce recipe.

SIMPLE TOMATO SAUCE

Yield: 4 cups

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped -or- 1 tablespoon dried basil
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large saucepan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and golden brown. Add basil and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes with juices and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce has thickened. With a potato masher, break up the tomatoes to achieve a sauce like consistency.

Season with salt and fresh ground pepper and serve.

Tomato sauce will last 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.

VARIATIONS

Seasonal Vegetable Tomato Sauce: After cooking onion and garlic until soft, add ¾ cup seasonal vegetables to saucepan or skillet. Finish sauce as directed.

Creamy Tomato Sauce: Add ½ cup heavy cream to finish sauce.

Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausage: Before beginning sauce, brown ½ lb. sweet Italian sausage in heavy bottomed skillet. Remove, from skillet and set aside on a plate lined with paper towel. After finishing sauce, stir in cooked Italian sausage and continue warming for 2 minutes before serving.

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