Do You Make Your Own Tomato Sauce?

Or do you just pick up a jar? When I was growing up, my mother used to simmer her red sauce on the stove for hours, which led me to believe that you need a full day to make a good tomato sauce yourself. So, even though I will probably get tomatoes thrown at me from the foodies of the world, I have to admit that I have in fact picked up a jar of sauce for quick and easy weeknight meals. I try to stick with the good stuff like Rao’s (which is a little pricey) or the less expensive but still tasty Silver Palate line.

Tomatosaucerecipe_07 But today I was inspired to start making my own again. Mark Bittman (chef and author of How to Cook Everything) was on the Today show demonstrating how to make your own red sauce in 30 minutes, praising the nutritional and economical benefits of DIY sauce. In just two minutes, I was sold.

Here are two other quick tomato sauce recipes to try:

Jamie Oliver’s Quickest Tomato Sauce

Five-Minute Tomato Sauce Recipe from 101 Cookbooks (pictured)

Do you have a secret recipe? Share it here.