If you’ve ever taken time to cook with someone more experienced than yourself, you’ve probably already learned that the secret to any given family recipe is often as simple as a few cloves of roasted garlic or a splash of red wine. Anyone who has been cooking for years will tell you that small tweaks like these can build flavor and make a dish taste infinitely more delicious. Tomato sauce is no exception; regardless of the recipe your family may have passed down from generation to generation (especially if your family is Italian), the odds are good that the secret to its tastiness lies in a simple ingredient, prepared in a way that builds flavor.tomatoes are in season, buy them fresh from your local farmer’s market rather than using a canned or jarred variety. Starting with flavorful ingredients will help you create a delicious finished sauce.
Then, pay attention to the details. If a recipe tells you to cook the tomatoes until they’re charred, for example, be patient and do that; the char adds smoky flavor to a finished sauce. Similarly, if your recipe tells you to dice an onion to a certain size, take the extra time to make sure you do that so that the onion cooks evenly and to the correct level of doneness.
Simply using good ingredients and paying attention to details will go a long way in helping you produce a really good tomato sauce. If you want to take your tomato sauce to the next level, though, you’ll need a few extra tips. Read on for seven easy ways to make your homemade tomato sauce truly amazing.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.