This week for my learning project, I challenged myself to make a homemade tomato sauce. Usually, I just buy tomato sauce from a jar like Ragu for example because it is quick and easy. However, the homemade sauce has a freshness to it that just makes it so much better. I decided that this is something I would like to learn how to make as I can make several different dishes with a basic tomato sauce.
I started off by doing some research to find a recipe that I liked and that was simple to follow. I found this recipe and I really like it so decided to give it a try. I read through it and then headed to the grocery store to get the fresh ingredients I would need to make my sauce extra tasty.
I noticed an ingredient I found rather odd to add to a tomato sauce…carrots. I did more research and found an article that explains how carrots can actually take away some of the acidity from the tomatoes.
Once I started cooking I realized that I had purchased a different type of garlic than the one that the recipe called for. I went to Seasoned Advice to figure out what I should do. This site showed me the equivalence of a clove of garlic to minced garlic, which was very helpful. Another thing I didn’t really know how to do was how to properly chop an onion which just goes to show how clueless I am in the kitchen haha. I found a helpful YouTube video that guided me through this and led to very minimal tears.
Overall I think my sauce turned out pretty good! It was very tasty and I managed not to burn the garlic at all which can be kind of tricky sometimes. With each new dish I try, I am starting to enjoy cooking just a little bit more!