Homemade Tomato Sauce

 Tonight I had this conversation with my little boy while I was tucking him into bed:

“How do you know I love you?” I asked him
“You tell me 2 billion times a day,” he replied.
“If I didn’t tell you, how would you know?  I asked.
“I can feel it in your hugs,” he said.

That really got me.  I try not to take things for granted in life.  Like my children.  Or hot showers.  Or glass bottles that I get to keep after I’m finished with the food inside.  It’s the little things in life that make all the difference really.

Here’s a little recipe that’s making a difference in my kitchen.  It’s my new go to sauce for chili, bean dishes and pasta.  The boys scarf it down and I love its versatility and flavor.  The husband doesn’t mind it either, in fact, he seems to likes it.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  1. In a 9 inch skillet, heat olive oil
  2. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 10 minutes
  3. Add cherry tomatoes, water, garlic, oregano, chili and salt
  4. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes over medium heat until tomatoes are soft and beginning to fall apart
  5. Serve

Stay tuned.  In the next few weeks I will post warm and comforting entree dishes over which you can serve this easy sauce.


21 responses to “Homemade Tomato Sauce”

  1. Meagan -It was a nice moment :-) Yes, this sauce is a little different then your average fare. Thanks!

    CoconutGal -Yes, even doing daily tasks such as unloading the dishwasher can be a luxury when we are going through periods of compromised health. I’ve been there myself. Thanks for your comment.

    Ali -Thanks, and I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes here. I loved reading your little story about making sauce with your girls! I think children appreciate what they eat so much more when they are part of the process.

    VeggieGirl -Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

    christin -Thank you! I hope this sauce can act as a base for many of your recipes. I used to eat Papadini pasta made with lentil beans, But since they’ve discontinued that product I haven’t been eating much pasta lately.

    Daphne -Thank you for your lovely comment!

    Shirley -Yes, those moments with our children really are the best. Take care :-)

    Hayley -Thank you!

  2. Lovely recipe–yours are always my favorite kind … very few, real ingredients so you get to actually taste and savor the food! :-)

    Those moments with our children are the very best. It’s wonderful you record them here so you’ll have them always.


  3. Looks yummy, I’m sure that will be the base for alot of things in my kitchen. I just wanted to ask, what kind of pasta do you use? Thanks, I love getting every email I get from you :)

  4. I try not to take things for granted in life either – always best to put everything into perspective.

    Wonderful sauce!! Can’t beat the homemade variety.

  5. Elana –

    I discovered your blog a few months ago and love it. I have not made a comment yet, but occasionally stop in to see what you are up to in the kitchen. I am in awe over all of your grain-free baked goods.

    I love making tomato sauce with my girls in the summer. Each batch is unique because they add in whatever fresh herbs they have picked and of course like to cut up the tomatoes themselves (they are 3 1/2 and 6 1/2 yrs).

    I like your version here with chili powder, sounds warming for wintertime!

    -Ali :)

  6. Oh!! Cute story :-D
    Being sick and not being able to do daily tasks makes me really appreciate the little things. Especially with food, once all the restrictions came, it made me really appreciate the fact that we even get to chose what we eat. Not everyone has the many choices we are so lucky to have. Being on a feeding tube formula changes your outlook on our luxuries for sure!
    This sauce looks great Elana. So simple too.
    Gotta love simple and tasty! Thanks for your cute story!

  7. What a precious little boy! His comment made me say “awww.” I can only imagine how much it melted the heart of you, his mother!

    The sauce looks amazing, a different refreshing take on the typical tomato-pinch sugar-basil-oregano sauce. I can’t wait to try this one out. The cherry tomatoes no doubt add a different “complex” of tomato to the sauce. Putting it in a food processor would probably make it less chunky if wanted, as well…

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