Here is a healthy life hack for you, it will only take a few minutes to prepare and will save you from hidden nasties added to your favourite childhood condiment… Tomato Sauce.
I made this in the slow cooker, and let it simmer away all night. It reduced down to a beautiful, rich soupy mix that I blended together. I would encourage everyone to try this easy peasy recipe. It has no sugar, no preservatives, no colours, flavours, or anything else. Just good old tomatoes, and a few other natural enhancers.
Even more attractive about this recipe is NO SUGAR. I did a quick bit of research in my local supermarket on the sugar content of tomato sauces and ketchup. The average bottle had about 1 teaspoon of sugar in every tablespoon of sauce. So for 17 grams of tomato sauce, 4-5 of those grams is sugar! I’m going to reiterate it again, it means that between 23-29% of the average bottle of store bought tomato sauce is SUGAR! Ugh.
Okay, off my high horse and back to the recipe:
10 fresh tomatoes, seeded and crushed
1⁄2 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
Step 1: Place tomatoes, onion, garlic, and olive oil in a slow cooker.
Step 2: Season with oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Step 3: Cover, and cook 10 to 15 hours on Low. The longer you simmer it, the richer the flavour becomes.
Step 5: Turn the slow cooker off between 10-15 hours. At 10 hours it’s really good, but at 15 its even better. Blend together (I used a stick blender) and place in a sterilized glass jar. Let it cool, and refrigerate. The sauce can also be frozen.