Homemade Tomato Sauce
Sometimes you just want some comfort food – but when that comfort food is a nutrient-rich, low calorie, veggie-filled treat, it’s even more comforting! This sauce is simple, nutritious, and tastes as delicious as the scent of your kitchen while it’s cooking! Don’t have all day to simmer sauce? Good – neither do I! Give me about 30 minutes, I’ll give you the best sauce you’ve ever tasted!
Ingredients (serves 8):
1 small sweet onion, chopped
10 Roma tomatoes, cut into eighths (or quartered if you prefer your sauce chunkier)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (no salt added)
1 C water
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
optional: red pepper flakes to add some heat (I usually add about 1/2 tsp) and basil leaves
- Warm oil in saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are slightly browned.
- Add tomatoes, cover and cook until tomatoes soften and light sauce forms (5-7 minutes). Add minced garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add crushed tomatoes, water, honey, spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder) and bring to a boil (uncovered), allowing sauce to boil for approximately 3-4 minutes). Cover again, reduce to a simmer (add optional red pepper flakes and/or basil at this point) and continue to simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes).
The Goods: What’s Inside?
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:
Calories 80 calories, Total Fat 3 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrates 11 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 150 mg, Calcium 46 mg