Tomatoes are one of the most popular fruits in the United States, in fact, we obtain more vitamins from this delicious fruit than from any other vegetable. Considering tomatoes are fruit, what does that say about vegetables!
Since so many off the shelf tomato sauces contain sugar and corn syrup they really are not healthy. In addition, bottled tomato sauces have another huge problem that has not been overcome with modern technology. The garlic, which is in nearly every brand of tomato sauce you can buy at the store, starts to acidify and ends up tasting like stale garlic. So the taste will never be what you can make at home.
Here are some useful tips about tomatoes:
- Putting tomatoes in the refrigerator reduces the quality of the tomatoes which directly affects the flavor.
- Tomato leaves are toxic, always discard them!
- Tomatoes have very powerful healing benefits like preventing cardiovascular diseases, lowering the risk of cancer, helping lower and control hypertension, regulating blood levels, and treating inflammation.
- Along with keeping tomatoes out of the refrigerator, keep them out of direct sunlight, too! If sunlight shines on tomatoes (after harvest), they lose their Vitamin C in a very short period of time.
So today, I have a very basic tomato sauce that can be a great beginning to any pasta dish. While this is a 90 minute recipe, I have plans to share my easy 15 minute recipe with you soon! This recipe is a great base and I’d love to know what you put in your sauce. Share in the comment section below what ingredients are your favorites when it comes to making a great tomato sauce!
This recipe yields about 2.5 cups of sauce.