Sure, you can always reach for the jar of Prego and call it a day. But I have to insist, this Thyme Tomato Sauce is just so much fresher and healthier than that jarred stuff. Before moving to France, I never knew you could actually make tomato sauce from scratch. I thought it might involve boiling tomatoes and then peeling the skin and all that. But in reality, it it way simpler than that. To give credit where credit is due, this recipe is my husband’s. He used to make it all of the time in his younger years when he lived with an Italian roomate. The Italian roomate always asked him to make it for their pasta. So, if a real Italian approves of it, it’s got the stamp of approval. I think that the herbs really make it what it is. Thyme, rosemary, oregano, fresh basil… mmmm, they just flavor it all so nicely.
To start, fry a half an onion in about 4 tbsp of olive oil, until translucent and slightly golden brown. Add in a giant can of peeled tomatoes, plus about 7 diced fresh roma tomatoes. Add a bunch of dried thyme right on top, and then sprinkle on generously more dried thyme, oregano, rosemary, and a bay leaf or two, salt and pepper. If you have one spice “herbes de provence” this will also do the trick. Don’t forget the thyme, it is my favorite flavored herb of the moment and without it your sauce will not be the same. Let boil about 25-30 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Then sprinkle on the fresh basil and simmer a minute or two. Serve immediately over your favorite pasta du jour.
If you’re a cook who doesn’t like to dabble in the spice rack too often, it’s time to change that. Spices are awesome. I have recently rediscovered them and they can really turn a blah dish into a wow one. When was the last time you gave your spice cabinet some loving attention? At the minimum, you should stock up on Thyme, Oregano, Cinnamon, Anise Seeds, Cardamom, and Curry. Those are the ones I reach for the most.
But I’m curious to know what some of your favorite spices are… And what do you use them for? Please comment below!
If you are the first one leave a comment indicating your favorite spice and what you use it in, plus you head on over to my Full Fat Diet Facebook Page and you “like” my page and “share” any 2 of my posts with your friends, I will commit to making MY version of it for the blog! Ready, set, go!