I make my own sauce every summer and then can it. basically I just use our tomatoes and add whatever to the pot until it tastes like I want it. simmer all day to thicken.
I make a simple sauce that I can use as is or make changes to easily. It is a basic recipe that my family has always used. I make from scratch usually during the summer when my garden is producing tomatoes, but you can use canned and get close to the same taste. This is the recipe with cans so it's simple:
Saute 2 cloves diced garlic in olive oil until fragrant
Add a pinch of red pepper flakes (you can add more if you like it spicier, but I make it mild for my kids)
Add 14.5 oz. can of tomato sauce and 29 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes (if you like a less chunky sauce, then you can reverse the sizes of the cans so you use more sauce and less diced tomatoes)
Add basil, oregano, and salt (I usually eyeball it, but it's about 1/2 Tbsp. each dried or 2 Tbsp. fresh)
Add about 1 Tbsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. tomato paste (I like the tubes so I don't have leftovers from a can; the tomato paste adds a flavor to make the sauce taste like it cooked all day so I don't use it when cooking from scratch)
Simmer for 1-3 hours
You can brown some ground beef or sausage and add it to the sauce after the first 30 minutes of simmering or make some meatballs to serve with it. Stir in a little cream at the end to make a creamy tomato sauce.
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