An authentic Italian tomato sauce that is easy to make, packed with flavor and perfect on pasta.
I collect cook books like some people collect stamps. When I’m at the book store or library, the first place I head to is where the cookbooks are located. I can’t wait to get my hands on all those beautifully illustrated pages of scrumptious food! My brain immediately begins churning with ideas on creating the recipes I see, and now with a child with food allergies, modifying those recipes so that she can enjoy all those delicious dishes as well.
That leads me to the offer that I received a few weeks ago, to review the new cookbook by Chef Kristin Sollenne, Domestic Chic: A Fashionably Fabulous Guide to Cooking & Entertaining by the Seasons. I will never turn down an offer to review a cookbook, especially when it’s by a chef that I know! (not personally, of course) I have seen Chef Kristin on Food Network many times. She judged for Bobby Flay on his television show, Beat Bobby Flay. She has judged on Kitchen Casino (awesome show!), and she was also on The Next Food Network Star, mentoring Chef Lucca Della Casa. So to be able to receive a cookbook by Chef Kristin was very exciting!
I love how this cookbook is laid out. The chapters are set up by seasons, so you aren’t like me, and cooking pumpkin pie in June. Of course there isn’t anything wrong with pumpkin pie in June, it’s just out of season. Her recipes aren’t crazy out there requiring ingredients that are hard to come by. I love that she uses items that you can find in your local grocery store or fresh market.
I have book marked so many recipes to try, but I had to try the tomato sauce first. I have always said that I wished I was Italian so that I would know all those authentic Italian recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. I have a love for Italian food like no other, and I know that my jarred spaghetti sauce, although it’s organic, can’t compare to the real deal. So, it’s no wonder that I had to make the sauce first.
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You can find this recipe and many more in Kristin Sollenne’s cookbook Domestic Chic: A Fashionably Fabulous Guide to Cooking & Entertaining.
For the meatball recipe used along with this sauce, check out our Skinny Italian Meatballs. They paired perfectly with this sauce.
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- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 29 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil torn
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Saute the first three ingredients for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and three cans of water, filled in the tomato paste can.
- Add basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 768mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g