Caramelized Tomato Sauce.

Caramelized-Tomato-Sauce3 (1)by Pamela Braun

Caramelizing tomato paste makes tomato flavor even richer so I start this tomato sauce recipe with caramelized tomato paste, but I don’t stop there. If caramelizing one ingredient is good…doing it to the other 2 ingredients should make it even better…right? This caramelized tomato sauce recipe is addicting, versatile and loaded with healthy lycopene. You can use it to top pasta, bruschetta, vegetables or even pizza. Even better than its flavor and versatility is the fact that it’s so easy to make, you can have this made up in minutes.

  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 28 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes (strained through a sieve)
  1. Add the tomato paste to pan and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Break up the paste, as it cooks, and watch it turn a deep, rich color.
  3. Once it has deepened in color and isn’t shiny anymore add the vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  4. Add the drained tomatoes to the pan and continue to cook until there is no more extra liquid in the pan.
  5. Continue to cook, and stir, until the tomatoes have deepened in color.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Now you can use it your favorite recipe or keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
You’re straining the liquid from the crushed tomatoes so that they cook faster. If you want a chunkier sauce, use 1 14 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and 1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes. Drain them both and proceed as directed. You can add roasted garlic, salt, pepper and pretty much any other seasoning you like to this sauce recipe.
Avatar-1-12_400x400Pamela Braun is a recipe developer and cookbook author that believes the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.