Never underestimate the power of a simple homemade tomato sauce! This is a classic go to for an easy pasta dish or it can be a base for other dishes, like a delicious ragu sauce. Any beginner chef can create this sauce from scratch with a small amount of ingredients and light cooking skills and will wow their guests with a flavorful and authentic dish!
Cut small “x” shapes onto the tops of the tomatoes and let them sit in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Drain, then plop them into iced water – the skin should now peel off easily. Seed the tomatoes as much as possible then set aside. *Don't worry if you can't get them all, it doesn't make too much of a difference!
Warm up olive oil in a large saucepan and then throw in the tomatoes once ready. Cover with a lid and let the tomatoes soften. Once they have, go in with a utensil and squish the tomatoes down until they start to break up.
Add the basil, oregano, and parsley then cover again and let it simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, checking every so often to stir and squish the tomatoes down.
Check the consistency of the sauce – if it is too thick, add a little water; if it is too thin, add a little bit of tomato paste.
Let sauce simmer for up to 3 hours to really set in the flavor and consistency, or directly serve over your choice of pasta! Otherwise, you can use this as a base for other pasta dishes like ragu or lasagna.