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Recipes on a Budget: Tomato Sauce
nassaunewslive ^ | 01 May 2009 09 | Patricia Kreiser

Posted on 05/02/2009 7:46:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Have you noticed the price of a jar of tomato sauce? A 16-ounce jar of sauce can run you about $4 (unless you follow Nassau News Live’s “Food on a Budget," then you can find the best deals around!)

Don’t forget: you don’t have to spend the most money to get the best taste. Sometimes, your own recipes can taste even better than your favorite brands!

Whatever the case, you can make your own sauce in larger quantities at a fraction of the cost (and tomato sauce freezes well, so you don’t have to eat it by the half-ton). My mom makes her own sauce now, and it’s a treat to have fresh chicken Parmesan with homemade tomato sauce.

I’m going to share a basic sauce recipe with you. Adjust the recipe to your own tastes and enjoy the savings!


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: economy; recipe; tomatosauce
Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

2-3 carrots, finely chopped (Yes, I said carrots. Trust me, it’s good!)

1 onion, finely chopped (I prefer Vidalia onions)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or you can buy it pre-chopped in jars)

3 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste (I go with about ¾ teaspoons of salt and ¼ of black pepper)

What to do:

•In a BIG pot, heat the oil over medium heat until it’s hot.

Add the carrots and onions and cook until the veggies are tender. Add the garlic in, and stir.

While the veggies are cooking, put your crushed tomatoes in a bowl, crush them even more.

Add the tomatoes and their puree, salt and pepper to the pot. Cook on high heat until it’s nearly boiling, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes Uncover and let simmer on medium/high heat for another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now, this should make about 10 cups of sauce, which should last you a while. If you don’t plan on using the whole batch in one go, put some in a Tupperware container or freezer bag and freeze it. It can last for about a month.


1 posted on 05/02/2009 7:46:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 05/02/2009 7:48:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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3 posted on 05/02/2009 7:50:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

This sauce recipe reminds me that Bommie the Commie and cohorts are getting themselves into a pickle and will soon be in the soup. Of course, many gastronomists might not wish to talk about foodie things on this net, but they’re bananas.


4 posted on 05/02/2009 7:51:08 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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5 posted on 05/02/2009 7:52:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Boil hot dogs, reserve water

Eat hot dogs

Add onion skins and carrot peels to reserved water

Bring reserved water, skins and peels to a low boil

Enjoy your weiner-water soup!!


6 posted on 05/02/2009 7:53:06 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR. ....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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7 posted on 05/02/2009 7:55:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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8 posted on 05/02/2009 7:56:59 PM PDT by GSP.FAN
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To: JoeProBono

Oddly, 32 oz. spaghetti sauce can be found at dollar stores, but plain tomato sauce is a dollar for a 16 oz. can. Go figure. I pretty much just use the former in recipes now.


9 posted on 05/02/2009 7:57:52 PM PDT by Hugin (GSA! (Goodbye sweet America))
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10 posted on 05/02/2009 7:58:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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11 posted on 05/02/2009 8:02:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I like to make my own sauce as well (usually from fresh roma tomatoes), but Hunts in a can is a little over a dollar a can (26 oz.) and tastes better than any of the expensive sauces in a jar. The “Four Cheese” version is my favorite and I use it in my lasagna.


12 posted on 05/02/2009 8:05:33 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: JoeProBono

3 cans of tomato paste. Add warm water to taste.

I’m an amazing cook!

In a hurry? Ragu. Tastes just like Mom’s cooking.


13 posted on 05/02/2009 8:06:13 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Pruning makes the plant grow bigger!)
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14 posted on 05/02/2009 8:06:35 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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15 posted on 05/02/2009 8:08:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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16 posted on 05/02/2009 8:10:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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17 posted on 05/02/2009 8:13:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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18 posted on 05/02/2009 8:16:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Good ole wal mart had ragu for 1.25 last week but I prefer the hunts or del monte in the can,walmart 89 cents, some times can pick them up for 59 cents at the military commissary, and I stock up till the next sale..4 cheeses is a good choice...


19 posted on 05/02/2009 8:17:07 PM PDT by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: JoeProBono

Why are you doing this to me - it’s late and now I want spaghetti!


20 posted on 05/02/2009 8:20:56 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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To: JoanneSD

I actually like the Great Value (walmart) brand of sauce - I add a few seasonings but I have always bought Ragu, and their GV brand is pretty good.


21 posted on 05/02/2009 8:21:47 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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22 posted on 05/02/2009 8:22:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Who me?


23 posted on 05/02/2009 8:24:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
SOS


24 posted on 05/02/2009 8:28:00 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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ah, yes, the old shite on a shingle truly delicious in trying times


25 posted on 05/02/2009 8:29:48 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Mac Conchradha - "Skeagh mac en chroe"- Skaghvicencrowe)
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26 posted on 05/02/2009 8:31:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Where's the best recipe for this? I am always looking for new recipes, especially the ones that start out with a stick of butter.

Is there a FReeper recipe PING list?

27 posted on 05/02/2009 9:07:16 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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Is there a FReeper recipe PING list?

There is. Let me search for it. One minute.
28 posted on 05/02/2009 9:16:12 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: JoeProBono

Bookmarked. Thank you, I will send this to my son in California. He is the cook in the family at 25 years old.


29 posted on 05/02/2009 9:19:12 PM PDT by tajgirvan (Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8)
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To: submarinerswife
If anybody is interested, i belong to a great site
called tomatoville.com . Lots of tomato growing
enthusiasts with plenty of goods recipes and
growing info.
30 posted on 05/02/2009 9:21:34 PM PDT by JerseyJohn61 (Better Late Than Never.......sometimes over lapping is worth the effort....)
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Thanks! My husband is interested for the first time in 35 years of blissful marriage to grow tomatoes! I say let him!


31 posted on 05/02/2009 9:24:10 PM PDT by tajgirvan (Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8)
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To: submarinerswife

I couldn’t find it. Do a keyword search of, “Recipe,” and lots of goodies will show up.


32 posted on 05/02/2009 9:24:44 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Let’s hear it for the weiner! When I was small, times were really tough and we used to have weiner gravy for breakfast over homemade biscuits. Must have been okay - we’ve survived some 60+ more years but then, of course, my Mom knew what was in the weiner’s - not so today!


33 posted on 05/02/2009 9:52:07 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: JoeProBono
go to your local warehouse store and buy plain large #10 cans of spaghetti sauce.....

cook hamburger or sausage.. along with some chopped onions and garlic..add sauce....then some basil...oregano...FENNEL is a key ingredient...salt and pepper as needed....throw in some dehydrated or frozen green peppers from you garden last year.....

makes many servings...

34 posted on 05/02/2009 10:09:11 PM PDT by cherry
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To: GSP.FAN

That’s beautiful man, I think I’m tearing up.


35 posted on 05/02/2009 10:34:06 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: JoeProBono

Joe, Your recipe is very similiar to mine. I add a tablespoon, or so, of tomato paste after the carrots, onion, and garlic have sweated for a few minutes.

This is also a good use of leftover summer tomatoes that can’t be given away.


36 posted on 05/02/2009 10:34:59 PM PDT by goose
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; glock rocks
LOL!!!!!!!
37 posted on 05/02/2009 10:38:50 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Life is but a big granola bar.)
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Are you looking for a job?

This thread is updated on a regular basis:

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38 posted on 05/03/2009 1:06:19 AM PDT by Cindy
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39 posted on 05/03/2009 3:28:38 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: tajgirvan
You could grow absolutely GORGEOUS tomatoes with an AeroGarden. I have one and I swear by it. I grew a kit of jalepons and tomatoes this winter and they were terrific. No bugs, no rot, just great juicy taste.
40 posted on 05/03/2009 7:20:24 AM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: JoeProBono

Ok thank - that kid’s teeth did the trick.... not hungry anymore. ;^0


41 posted on 05/03/2009 7:29:08 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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42 posted on 05/03/2009 1:30:39 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: submarinerswife

Yum! Thank you! Are they on the pricey side? $$$$? Sorry to ask but we are retired. I would love that since we have a German Shepherd puppy that is a digger!


43 posted on 05/03/2009 7:59:41 PM PDT by tajgirvan (Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8)
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I bought mine on Amazon.com. There are different sizes that will fit what you want to grow. There are soooo many grow kits. You can grow several different types of herbs (which I started in my Aero and later potted), lettuce, different tomatoes, flowers (which I am growing now) strawberries etc...

This thing is the greatest!!

Let me know by mail if you decide to buy one and I will point you to a discussion board that will answer all your questions.


44 posted on 05/04/2009 7:16:00 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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Thank you! You have FReepmail!


45 posted on 05/05/2009 2:10:48 AM PDT by tajgirvan (Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8)
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