I learned how to make sauce from tomato paste when I was in the Russia. We only bought tomato paste, so I learned by ear how to mix the right amount of water and spices to make the perfect sauce. And this sauce is perfect. You start with a tiny can of tomato paste and end up with a whole ton of suited-to-you tomato sauce. Look at you, fancy pants.
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6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 cup water
A fistful of onion (about 1/4 of a large-ish onion)
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 Tablespoon basil
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teapsoon pepper
Step 1: The onion
The top layer (or two) of an onion is papery — you don’t want that. Peel it off and throw it away. The layer beneath that is rubbery. You don’t want that either; throw it away. The layers beneath that should be crisp and easy to cut through: that’s what you want. (This may be “duh” to some of you, but having lived exclusively with guys for the past four years, I know that things like this aren’t always intuitive.)
Cut a quarter out of your onion and chop it into baby pieces (like, a quarter the size of a french fry or smaller). Throw it into a pan greased with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Heat it at low or medium heat. Cook until the onion pieces start to become transparent. You don’t want them to turn brown or crispy-looking.
|I used red onions, butt it doesn’t matter.|
Step 2: The sauce
|It looks like tomato poop lol.|
Step 3: Get the Spice Girls
Next, you’re gonna want to flavor your sauce. You can just pour the seasonings into the bowl with your tomato-paste-now-tomato-sauce.
1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder: Garlic powder is a necessary part of ANYTHING tasting good.
1/2 tablespoon of basil: A delicate herb; it’ll make the sauce taste fresh.
1 1/2 teaspoons of oregano: Given my extensive knowledge of Italian cooking, I can say that oregano is THE Italian spice. Your tomato sauce won’t taste like tomato sauce without it. Likewise, if you ever have a pizza that needs a pick-me-up, sprinkle some oregano on it.
1 teaspoon of salt: Not too much, but just the right amount will make all the other flavors come out (#everysundayschoollessonever).
1/4 teaspoon of pepper: Packs a punch that your sauce will be boring without.
Mixzz all the seasonings with your tomato sauce and stick your finger in it to see if it tastes how you want. #magic
Step 4: Mixzz
Pour your bowl of seasoned sauce into the pan of now-cooked onions and heat until the sauce is warm. Then put it on pasta and eat it.
Obviously, you can add anything to it that you want (like cooked ground beef or veggies).
And voila! You turned a tiny can of tomato paste into a panful of tomato sauce. That’s a big deal, saucy pants.