If you know me in “real life,” it’s no secret that I’m not quite an expert chef in the kitchen. It’s so interesting, because I come from a huge Italian family, so you’d think that I would naturally be interested and talented in the cooking department… welp, not really the case!
Growing up, it was so much easier to have my mom cook her delicious food for me (LAZY AF), and in all seriousness I had ZERO interest in even learning how to cook. Even in college, one of my roommates and best friends was so into cooking (she still is), so I basically had a live-in mom while I was there too! I was totally enabled up until the moment that I moved in with Pat, and I finally had to “fend” for myself and change my habits.
Clearly ordering take-out, or even going out to eat is the easier alternative. In fact, I’m definitely guilty of going through “phases” where I literally order off Seamless every single night for a week straight. After a busy day, and commuting home from work, sometimes it takes a toll on you, and cooking dinner isn’t feasible (for your sanity). Hopefully some of you can relate and I’m not alone.
But as I get older, there’s a piece of me that has wanted to try harder, and put a little more effort into cooking. Not just for Pat and I, but for our future family. In the past few years, I’ve experimented with recipes (poor Pat) that I’ve pulled from Pinterest (which does make it really easy) – But it’s always nice to have your tried and true recipes that you can make when you’re either in a pinch, or just out of new ideas.
My mom’s tomato sauce recipe is the first that I learned from her, and it’s probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made!
- 1 cup fresh basil (can substitute dried basil)
- 1 can Tuttorosso Natural Crushed Tomatoes
- 4 cloves of sliced fresh garlic (can substitute garlic powder)
- 1 yellow onion chopped (can substitute onion powder)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I recommend Bragg’s Organic Extra-Virgin)
- Dash of crushed red pepper
- Dash of dried Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large pot
- 1 food mill (I recommend OXO Good Grips)
- Heat large pot over low heat and add the olive oil
- Chop up the onion and garlic. Add to the olive oil and let simmer until the onion is translucent
- Place you food mill over the large pot. Pour the can of crushed tomatoes through the food mill and strain until all the seeds are removed
- Mix in the salt, pepper, basil, and crushed red pepper
- Cover with a lid and let the sauce simmer on low for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally
- Boil your favorite pasta to serve with your sauce, and enjoy!
Pat has always said he married me for my tomato sauce… If that’s not inspiration to try this recipe, I’m not sure what else is 😉Photography: Nina Skol