Tomato sauce is any of a very large number of sauces made primarily from tomatoes, usually to be served as part of a dish (rather than as a condiment). Tomato sauces are common for meat and vegetables, but they are perhaps best known as sauces for pasta dishes.
Tomatoes have a rich flavour, high liquid content, very soft flesh which breaks down easily, and the right composition to thicken into a sauce when they are cooked (without the need of thickeners such as roux). All of these qualities make them ideal for simple and appealing sauces. The simplest tomato sauces consist just of chopped tomato flesh cooked in a little olive oil and simmered until it loses its raw flavour, and seasoned with salt.
By adding tomato sauce in every kind of food (with chicken, fish, pasta or other vegetables), you triple the taste of your meal. Try these 10 succulent recipes with tomato sauce and you’ll see what are we talk about.
Baked Spaghetti Pie
Sauteed Mussels In Tomato Saffron Sauce
This recipe is so easy it is hard to believe it tastes so good! You can also use the tomato saffron base for clams, or a mix of clams and mussels. To ensure the best result, use the freshest mussels you can find. To clean, scrub under running water removing the “beards” or vegetation attached. Keep the mussels in a bowl in the fridge in a little water until you are ready to use them. Don’t leave them in a closed plastic bag or they will die before you have a chance to cook them. You can serve this dish on grilled garlic bread, spooning the juices over the bread in a shallow bowl, or serve with a good crusty bread on the side.
Chicken With Cannellini Bean And Tomato Sauce
A budget-busting pantry staple, fibre-packed cannellini beans get a kick from salty capers and fiery chilli. We have to say that this is one of our all time favourite recipe!
Baked White Fish with Olives and Tomato Sauce
The most important thing to remember with this recipe is to buy good-quality fish from your local fishmonger or supermarket. The recipe we’ve given you here can be used with all sorts of dishes – we’ve shown you how to tweak it to go with fish, but you can try using it with anything from pasta to grilled chicken. If you want to save some time, double the quantities and freeze half of the sauce (it will keep for a couple of months), or pop it in the fridge for up to a week.