Previously this blog was dedicated to the life and endeavors of a teenage vegan navigating a non-vegan world, with recipes, tips, animal activism and more! Now, as of March 2011, I am embarking on a raw food journey for health as well as ethical reasons. Although I am currently raw, I am leaving all of my previous content up, including cooked-food recipes, etc. Veganism is great for the planet, the animals, and YOU!, no matter which form of it you choose to follow :)
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Food has been getting pretty pricey lately, probably from ever-increasing price of fuel. And the pasta sauce I like (I HATE sauce with sugar in it) is about $6 a jar when its not on sale. So unless I want to start paying for it I had to do something. So I decided to make my own sauce. Most traditional sauces take hours to cook, but this one is very quick and easy and takes 20 minutes. I wouldn't call it 5-star restaurant quality, but I think it is better than most 3-star restaurants and costs $1.25, excluding pantry staples.
1 can (28-35oz) canned tomatoes (cut, crushed, diced, your preference) 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 1 onion, sliced thinly (use as much as you want)
1 clove garlic (use more if you prefer, but this will be pretty strong)
Basil (if the tomatoes don't have them in already, use fresh or dried)
Oregano (as much as you want)
Salt, pepper (to taste, some tomatoes are already are salted)
1. In a 2QT saucepan, heat oil and sautee onions until tranlucent (don't let them burn!)
2. Add garlic and sautee until lightly browned.
3. Add tomatoes (including all the juice in the can), and add spices. 4. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 20 minutes.
It turned out really good! If you want to improve it further, you could use 1 can crushed, 1 can cut, and 1 whole onion and simmer for longer (until saucy texture).
To give fair credit, I got the basic recipe from the back of the tomato can but I adapted it quite a bit.