I use this basic tomato sauce for many dishes including as a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks, fried calamari, for meat or eggplant lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, penne all’arrabiatta, vodka sauce, pizza sauce, soups and Mom’s one-pot-spaghetti among others. It is very simple and versatile, just use your imagination.
Basic Tomato Sauce
(yields 3 cups)
2 14 1/2 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano or italian seasoning herb mix
1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (up to 2 tsp if you want)
1. Puree tomatoes in blender or with hand blender. Add to a small saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes in med-low heat with herbs and salt. for a spicy sauce add a generous pinch of peperoncini or red pepper flakes.