Category Archives: Sauces and Condiments

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

This simple pasta sauce is great with pasta or as a pizza sauce.
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 TBSP margarine or butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can crushed or petite diced tomatos I prefer San Marzano tomatos
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil torn
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat margarine on medium heat and add onions.
  • Cook onions for 5-6 minutes until beginning to brown.
  • Add tomato paste and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Add garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano, marjoram, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes until sauce is slightly reduced.
  • Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  • Sauce can be served immediately or refrigerated for later use.

Notes

Extra Veggie Version:
Add approximately one cup of chopped, sauteed vegetables (such as: zucchinni, peppers, mushrooms, onion, garlic, spinach or fennel). Puree together with tomato sauce in a food processor or blender (so they can't pick them out).

Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch cilantro washed and spun dry
  • 1 handful flat leaf parsley washed and spun dry
  • 2 TBSP minced red onion
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • Juice of one small lime
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 handful of cashews
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth.
  • If mixture is too liquid, add more cashews.
  • If mixture is too thick, add more oil and vinegar.

Notes

This is a small recipe that is meant as a condiment and may be difficult to make in a larger food processor. If you don't have a small food processor, I recommend doubling or triping the recipe and freezing leftovers in small containers for future use.

Cilantro Lime Crema

Cilantro Lime Crema

This is a great alternative to sour cream. Serve it with tacos, enchilandas, nachos, mexican pizza, grilled shrimp . . . the possibilities are endless.
Prep Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1-2 TBSP lime juice
  • 1/3-1/2 cup greek yogurt fat free or 2%

Instructions

  • Puree all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
  • Serve as a condiment.