Tomato Sauce & Other Things

It's been pretty mellow over here at Spoiled Rotten. March is always this month where it's still painfully cold, and I'm so sick of it that all I can do is get through each day, dreaming about shorts and hats I want to wear in the sun. Since I've been mega-lazy, frozen (homemade) soup has been the staple of my diet and I haven't been too inventive lately, thus, not too much to write about food-wise on here.

I finally designed a travel bag for a coupled bike. It was fun to create, and lots of work! Then, life smacked me in the face and my sewing machine broke when I was almost finished. Total bummer. I won't have any products for sale for a while, and I apologize to any of you who have placed orders (you've been contacted) or were thinking about ordering something soon. Hopefully the shop will be up-and-running soon.

In the meantime, I've been thinking about tomato sauce. The other day my boyfriend brought me a sandwich at work, and we were discussing his dinner plans. I like to make sure he remembers that we have a fridge full of veggies whenever he's left alone for an evening. He said he was going to buy some ravioli and tomato sauce, then add some of our kale and zucchini.

+1 boyfriend point for the kale and zucchini.

-1 boyfriend point for the buying of tomato sauce.

I was all like, "Beb, that's cray! You should just make your own sauce!"

So I told him how, and he did! For the first time ever! With no recipe! I ate some later when I came home drunk and it was AH-MAH-ZING! He will never be buying pre-made tomato sauce again! Here's how easy it is to make it the good way:


  • Olive Oil

  • Onion

  • Garlic

  • Tomatoes (Canned or Fresh)

  • Balsamic Vinegar/Red Wine

  • Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Whatever

  • S & P

  1. Plop a nice dollop of olive oil in the pan and add your onions
  2. Meanwhile, dice a clove or two of garlic. Add to the pan.
  3. Let these two get a little bit sweaty and a tiny bit brown.
  4. Add your tomatoes. You can use canned tomatoes (crushed or diced, I prefer crushed), or fresh tomatoes, diced.
  5. Spices! Be generous. If I’m using fresh basil, I put half in now and half at the very end.
  6. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and/or leftover red wine.
  7. Cover and cook on low heat for a lil’ bit.

Herro there. Pizza, pasta, meat, fish, whatever. This will be so delish.

The Four Basic Components to Tomato Sauce:

1. Onions and garlic
2. Tomatoes
3. Spices
4. Vinegar

You can add any extras you want. Roasted squash? Grated Carrot? Zucchini? Greens? Mushrooms? Add that stuff whenever, depending on how cooked you would like it to be. Whaz it with an immersion blender at the end if you feel like it. I always freeze the extra in baggies.

If you want a real recipe, check this full-of-veg recipe from my BFF (Jamie Oliver).

Jamie Oliver's "Full of Veg Sauce" from

Jamie Oliver's "Full of Veg Sauce" from

Once I made tomato sauce a single time, I never looked back. I save money, nourish myself, and fill my house with the best smell ever. Don't be scared, it's super duper friggin easy. You can do it!

P.S. This contains pretty much the same ingredients as salsa. Just another reason to always have onions, garlic and canned tomatoes on hand.