How to make 10 variations of tomato sauce for tasteful meals Tomatoes are such a versatile fruit (yes fruit) and a lot of sauces are naked without them. Home-made tomato sauces are the best kind and we are going to share some of our best recipes with you.
Ever wondered how you can make restaurant-level tomato sauces in the comfort of your own kitchen? You’ve come to the right article!
Marinara, Garlicky, and even Vodka tomato sauce all have this star ingredient as their basis. Add a couple of condiments and some other fancy stuff and voila - you have the different sauces.
Let’s get to it!
1. Marinara Sauce
Usually made with tomatoes, onion, herbs, and garlic, this sauce may also be enhanced with the addition of capers, a dash of wine, or spices. Tomatoes in this recipe are diced or chopped, so the sauce tends to be thin and chunky with the garlic and other flavors offering their taste to the sauce. Very Delicious!
2. Bolognese Sauce
This tomato sauce is made with ground meat - it could be beef, pork, or any kind of
ground meat that you like. Make sure to brown the ground meat, add finely onion, celery, carrots, herbs, tomato paste, milk, herbs, and red or white wine. Bolognese sauce is meaty, thick, and chunky, and it goes really well with spaghetti.
3. Pomodoro Sauce
Prepared with basil, salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil, and peeled tomatoes, this is a simple
and very tasty Italian sauce. It can be blended to make it smooth or left chunky.
Pomodoro means tomato in Italian.
4. Arrabbiata Sauce
Arrabbiata means angry in Italian and what an apt name for this very spicy sauce! The
heat emanates from crushed red pepper flakes added to onions, basil, garlic, olive oil,
and crushed tomatoes. While the crushed red pepper flakes give this dish its distinctive
heat, it is advisable to add as many flakes as you can handle and not to overdo it, lest
the sauce ceases to be enjoyable.
5. Vodka Sauce
Contrary to its name, it is not as ■■■■■ as it sounds. In addition to the vodka, you need
plain tomato sauce, heavy cream, garlic, black pepper, salt, onion, parmesan cheese,
and olive oil. The vodka not only thickens the sauce along with the heavy cream, but it
also lends to the creaminess and overall decadence of the sauce. Best served with
penne pasta, you can find the recipe here.
Bonus Tip: The Lidl weekly ad next week is going to have so many ingredients for you to choose from - be they garlic, parmesan cheese, onion, or coriander - all will be found there for your shopping pleasure. You can also try farmer’s markets for freshly picked peppers, tomatoes and ginger.
6. All’Amatriciana Sauce
Featuring guanciale -salt-cured pork cheeks- this sauce is salty and meaty. To make this sauce, you add guanciale to a basic Pomodoro sauce base. If you cannot find the
guanciale or are not a fan of salt-cured meat, you may use bacon or pancetta instead.
These are mildly salty and will still bring out the flavors of the amatriciana sauce.
7. Tomato Ginger Sauce
Best served on firm white fish like Halibut or cod, this sauce has a complex flavor profile. Outside of the basic sauce ingredients, you will need to add freshly grated ginger and some cilantro. Another interesting variation to this sauce would be to add a chopped jalapeno in with the fresh ginger.
8. Garlicky Tomato Sauce
Named for its generous amount of garlic, this sauce is simple but full of Mediterranean
flavor. It also has some crushed red peppers in it, bringing the warmth of the garlic out
with some heat. Best served with tagliatelle, just like they do in Tuscany.
9. 10 Minute Tomato Sauce
The difference between this and the very basic tomato sauce is the addition of butter.
The butter lends luxury to the sauce and that it is easily prepared in a short amount of
time is an absolute bonus. This is the kind of sauce you can pour over your spaghetti for a quick, non-fussy meal. We like it!
10. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Sauce
This is a basic tomato sauce, with the addition of shrimp for extra flavor. The
combination of the tomato sauce flavors and the shrimp make this dish delicious and
layered in how your palette would identify them. It is an absolute experience, a beautiful dish best served with linguine.