Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

 

March 28 is the Prague Half Marathon. It will be my third time running in this event. I have been training for three months, starting most mornings with a 5am run in the cold, dark winter! It is not always fun and I am not always motivated. Of course, there are mornings I opt out and sleep an extra hour, but most mornings, I drag myself out bed knowing I will feel good when I finish.

As a morning runner, I don’t eat before hitting the pavement. My body is not used to having food before any 5 to 10km run. That is why I need to be  well fueled the night before I run! During these training months, I allow myself to include pasta once a week and usually the night before upping my mileage or doing a long run.  Baked chicken, steamed broccoli and a small amount of pasta with tomato sauce is a balanced meal fit for this runner. But that isn’t just any tomato sauce; it’s a homemade recipe with no additives or preservatives, no sugar and low sodium… And yes, it tastes great!  

 I used a variety of colored, grape tomatoes to make this batch. I want to try this recipe with plump, juicy roma tomatoes as they come in season this summer. The sauce is easy to whip up fresh during the work week- you can heat on medium for 15 minutes or if you have the time let it summer on low for an hour! I sometimes make a bigger batch on the weekend and freeze portions for later use! Whichever method you use-Enjoy! 

 Fresh Tomato Sauce 

Ingredients: 1-2 pints of grape tomatoes, 3 clove of garlic (chopped), 1 medium white onion (sliced), 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano and salt and pepper to taste.  

Directions: 

In medium sauce pan, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes, stock, and herbs. If pressed for time, cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Otherwise, simmer for 1 hour on low heat, stirring occasionally. Just before serving, I use an immersion blender for 20 seconds to blend the sauce. Just pulse it a few times to keep from getting too runny. You don’t have to do this but this is how I reach the consistency I like… Enjoy!