Okay, so this is a very quick and easy way to whip up a 'homemade' red sauce, plus it only uses one pot! I made this batch meatless because I wanted to use the leftovers to make pizza tomorrow night. However, you can easily add meat in during the cooking process. If I were to add it, I would use ground turkey- healthier and still adds tons of meaty flavor and texture to an already flavorful sauce.
**Nutrition Noteworthy: Red sauce is an excellent source of nutrients. One reason is because tomatoes contain lycopene, which is most beneficial when it has been cooked. **
First, I will start with your grocery list:
- 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or so)
- 1 small or 1/2 large Onion, diced
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (more or less, depending on your preference)
- 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
- Any herbs/seasonings you prefer (I like a simple Basil, Oregano, and Thyme combo for red sauce)
Then, let them sweat it out on medium or medium-low until they become golden, sweet, and translucent. (About 10 minutes) Like this:
Let it all simmer for about 5-10 minutes. I let mine simmer for a few minutes uncovered, and then I finished it out with a lid on because I didn't want it to evaporate and become too thick. However, as usual, you can change it up to your liking. Depending on what you're making it for, or if you just like it super thick and chunky, leave the lid off and let it evaporate and thicken up- but be sure to stir it often if so.