Last month a friend asked if I'd cater his daughter's second birthday party. I've never really catered a party before but I've done plenty of dinner parties at my own house and have taken tons of food to other events so I figured I could handle it. We had the menu put together and it was fairly easy. The main entree consisted of bow tie pasta, 2 kinds of meatballs, and sauce. My friend wanted homemade sauce so the night before I decided to make it.
I realized I didn't have an easy, kid friendly recipe so I decided to just wing it. I figured I've made marinara sauce enough times that I could figure out a simple and delicious tomato sauce recipe. I found a 6 pound can of tomato sauce at Wal-Mart and used that for my base. The rest was in the seasoning!
The tomato sauce turned out so well I made a batch the next weekend for myself and froze it! It's seriously easy to make and it's really yummy. A few minced onions, peppers, and garlic, tossed in with some herbs and I had a great sauce! We enjoyed a batch of it the night I made it for dinner and I ended up freezing the rest in 2 cup portions.
Tomato Sauce (a Hezzi-D original)
2 T. olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 green pepper, seeded and minced
8 garlic cloves, minced
6 c. tomato sauce
1 T. Italian seasonings
2 T. fresh oregano, chopped
6 oz. tomato paste
1 t. salt
2 t. black pepper
2 T. sugar
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add in the green pepper and garlic and saute for 5 additional minutes.
2. Add the tomato sauce, Italians seasonings, oregano, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
3. Taste the sauce at this point and adjust the salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings as needed. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.
4. Pour over top of hot pasta or place in containers and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.