In my mind, pasta is a cold-weather food, but for whatever reason, I have been in the mood for pasta all summer long. Ha. I wanted to share a super quick recipe for making your own creamy tomato sauce. The sauce will just about be done in the time it takes to boil the pasta (unless you make gnocchi because gnocchi is FAST).
This tomato sauce recipe uses canned whole peeled tomatoes along with a few fresh ingredients. But since it’s nearly tomato season where I live, I just want to remind you of this
You don’t need much to make this sauce: canned tomatoes, a small onion or shallot, a couple cloves of garlic, and fresh or dried herbs. That plus a little salt and pepper and you’re in business to make this creamy tomato sauce. As the name suggests, I tend to stir a little cream (or half and half, or whole milk, just depending what I have) into the final sauce, but this is optional.
You simply cook all the ingredients together, then remove a few and
The recipe below will make around 4-5 cups of sauce, so plenty for a big group or you will have leftovers. I love pasta leftovers! Makes a great workday lunch the next day. I also will often use leftover tomato sauce for other meals like this
15-Minute Creamy Tomato Sauce
- 28 oz. whole, peeled tomatoes (1 can)
- 1 shallot
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1 sprig basil, oregano, or rosemary
- salt and pepper
Cut the shallot in half, removing the end and papery skin. Peel and cut the garlic clove(s) in half as well.
In a small to medium pot, combine the tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and herb sprig. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cook over high heat, covered, for 12-13 minutes.
Remove the herb sprig and shallot pieces. Then blend until creamy with an immersion blender or in a food processor (or blender).