Like many things in life, cooking can quickly become over complicated, which can make it intimidating, which can easily lead us to opt for take-out instead.
Our relationship with food has been evolving over the last 50 years, including our tolerance to work with it on a daily basis.
Now, there are a number of factors contributing to this (i.e. fast, cheap, always-available, lean cuisine-esque food) but above all else, I think people over complicate cooking and therefore stray away from it.
Take tomato sauce for example. To me, homemade tomato sauce conjures up visions of Sundays at Nona's house, spending hours on end picking tomatoes and meticulously skinning and de-seeding and squishing and seasoning and... you get the idea.
Sounds exhausting, right? Well, I discovered it doesn't have to be and I'm going to share with you the secret to incredibly delicious homemade tomato sauce that you can make in under 40 minutes.
The secret you ask? Tomatoes -- good ones. This is the time of year to stock up on tomatoes, so if you're inspired, now's the time to get some.
Halve them and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 30-40min.
Blend until smooth (including the skin and seeds).
And that's it – you're done! Fresh, homemade tomato sauce. Simple and delicious.
I almost feel like I'm cheating you by calling this a recipe, but here it is - be kind in the comments :)
After you have the base prepared, simply season to your liking. One of my favourites is to saute garlic, add the sauce, top with fresh basil and voila!
You may wish to reduce the finished sauce for a more dense consistency, but I didn't find the need to do so.
*You may use 2 dozen tomatoes but you can't really go wrong. The more you roast, the more sauce you have!
After you have the base prepared, simply season to your liking. One of my favourite ways of making this is to saute garlic, add the sauce, top with fresh basil and EVOO and voila! Yes, it's simple, but isn't that the whole point?
This would also make a great sauce for homemade pizza!
The moral of the story?
What's your favourite deceivingly-simple recipe? Share in the comments!