While there are many things that are cheaper here in Colombia, I have also been surprised at the things that are more expensive here. For example, the cheapest plastic hangers cost almost 75 cents each, and gas is around 5 dollars a gallon. Tomato sauce is also surprisingly expensive. A can of Hunt’s tomato sauce – the cheap kind that is under a dollar in the States, is around 4 dollars here. On the other hand, you can find a pound of tomatoes for around 50 cents, so I decided to make homemade tomato sauce.
Actually, my boyfriend gave me this awesome recipe (which he used to make all the time for me with delicious pasta when we were living in the same city), and I decided to give it a try. It was amazing, and so fresh! Not only that, but it is super easy to make! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to buying tomato sauce! He makes the tomato sauce with about half a cup of olive oil and sugar to cut down on the acidity, but I like it just as well with less oil and no sugar, which makes it much healthier!
Ingredients: (per serving)
4 – 5 roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 – 3 leaves basil
salt to taste
sugar to taste
Cut the tomatoes in quarters (or eighths), and puree them in a blender. Leave the skin on them when you blend them. Use about 4 or 5 tomatoes per serving.
Finely chop up the garlic (2 cloves per serving).
Heat the olive oil up in a saucepan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the garlic and the basil leaves (2 or 3 per serving). Sauté the garlic and basil for 1 – 2 minutes, until the garlic is golden brown.
Add the pureed tomatoes and turn up the heat to medium-high. Let the sauce boil uncovered for 20 – 25 minutes.
Turn the heat down to low and continue to let the sauce simmer for 35 – 45 minutes more, stirring it occasionally. During the last 5 or 10 minutes, add salt and sugar to taste.