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Pinay Moms Cook: How To Make Tomato Sauce At Home

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The best tomato sauce is always a homemade one.

Our kids love pizza and spaghetti, and there are so many Filipino recipes that use tomato sauce that we might as well just make our own. It’s actually not as hard as people think it is and making it ourselves allows us to abide better by our diets and health restrictions. Here’s an easy way to make tomato sauce at home.

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Tomato Sauce Recipe

  • 2 kilograms of Native Tomato
  • 2 big red onions
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 2 big white onions
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of Spanish Paprika
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 Red Bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
  • Sugar (OPTIONAL)
  1. Cut up the tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions first, and then peel the garlic.
  2. Once done prepping everything, there are two ways to do this: you can put salt at the base of the pot and put the tomatoes. Once boiling, you can put in the red bell peppers, cayenne pepper, and Spanish paprika. Or, you can just throw all the veggies on a baking pan and roast them in the oven at 250 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, you can mash them or put them in a blender with a little water. The water helps preserve the blender’s motor.
  4. Blend it until smooth while putting in some spices and pouring the olive oil. You’ll notice it’s a bit orange but that’s usually because of the quality of the tomatoes or if you put the red bell peppers.

Cooking Notes from Pinay Moms

Some of us like putting sugar in our homemade tomato sauce because kids just love Pinoy-style spaghetti sauce. Our recommendation is to use linkuklot or muscovado as a healthier alternative. Panutsa or Panocha, also known as palm sugar, is a good substitute, too. You can caramelize the onions with sugar. Honey does well but it’s more prone to burning.

For a more Italian tomato sauce, we suggest sautéing some of the herbs in olive oil. It can be thyme, rosemary, basil, and oregano. Or, just buy Italian seasoning off the shelf. Don’t use butter because it’ll create that layer of fat (or sebo) that we hate removing.

After making your sauce, store it in air-tight containers. If you’ve collected mason jars, now is the perfect time to use them.

Homemade Recipes Can Directly Help Farmers

Although it means more searching on our part, finding ways to make our own ingredients and components can help farmers feel better about themselves. It also saves a lot more considering there’s not much overhead and operations to be paid. Besides, many of the wet market stall owners actually know how to use GCash and are on Facebook Marketplace! All it takes is a little rapport building and you’ll have a good supply of ingredients for all sorts of sauces.

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