Skill Shop #5: Simple Tomato Sauce

A lot of you ask me if i cook for myself everyday, and if i do, is all my food really elaborate and pretty? to be honest, sometimes it ease when i have time, but if im rushing or i just came home after a long day or work and training, all i want to do is slap together a bunch of ingredients and make myself a quick and satisfying meal. This is really what my skill shops are for.

Tomato Sauce is my favorite sauce because it is so versatile and can be incorporated into so many different meals. Its so easy to make and keeps for a week in the fridge so its perfect for those 15 minute cook or die moments. A proper tomato sauce would require you to concasse (french technique) your tomatoes before using them. But i don’t have the time for that. So what is my escape route? I use canned tomatoes. Yes, i know what you are thinking (How could he?), well to tell you the truth if the quality is there it really doesn’t matter much. I use Hunts Whole Peeled Tomatoes because they have a great flavor, are all natural and have no additives, meaning its as close as you are going to get to fresh ones, with the slight advantage that these are already peeled and concassed. These can be found in any supermarket.


First heat up some Filippo Berrio olive oil in a sauce pot or pan and fry off 4 cloves of chopped garlic and a diced white onion. Sweat it out. Add in your canned tomatoes and crush the tomatoes to get those juices going. Season with salt and pepper. Add in a big bunch of crushed basil leaves and simmer on low for 2o minutes. Transfer the contents to a sieve and work out all the juices, retain the pulp and discard the rest. Put it back into the pot/pan and thicken. Your sauce is ready to put wherever you please.

What i did was to fry up some lean ground beef with garlic and basil leaves, placed it in a cup of cooked quinoa, with some Edam Cheese and my tomato sauce. It’s definitely not pretty, but damn is it good.

I also used this batch for the following dishes over the week: patatas bravas, an omelet and a home-made pizza.

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    1. Venice Naval June 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Wow! Very easy to make and a very flexible type of sauce :)

      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:28 am

        Thanks Venice

    1. mark June 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

      it is okay. if the rice is normal rice?? hehe i mean the rice like nfa. haha

      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:23 am

        Well that’s your choice

    1. JeLom June 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Great! Perfect for my all-time favorite pasta, SPAGHETTI! ;^)

      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:21 am


    1. eriko June 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

      you sir are a genius. will definitely be making this. been experimenting on pasta lately and i just can’t find the perfect tomato sauce in the market. im confident this’ll work. :D

    1. eriko June 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      You sir are a genius! I’ve been experimenting on pasta lately and i’ve been looking for a kickass alternative for the ones you can readily find in the supermarket. I’m going to try this one soon and hopefully this’ll knock the socks out of my friends when we’ll be having a weekend cookout. Thanks so much for this awesome idea. :D

      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:18 am

        Yup you can modify it easily too. Thanks man!

    1. jp racho June 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      thank you for this recipe!.now I can have another alternative baon when I am having my hospital duty. i hope you can make recipes using tuna.

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:58 am

        will do :)

    1. Kwan July 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Watched your Tomato sauce Vid. Ditto ! That’s how I’ve been doing it….great minds! Must say though sieving it to get a smoother, more consistent sauce ‘s a nice touch, which I’ll plagiarise. Just goes to show, cooking is a “living thing”, learning, improving all the time – like what they say about skinning cats I suppose. Btw you tried simmering it for longer ? And adding a bit more oil ? That way I managed to break down a lot of the lumpiness. Buon Appetito!

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

        exactly, always evolving. once sieved i had no more lumpiness actually :)

        1. Kwan July 20, 2012 at 5:46 am

          Hello Erwan,
          Thx for your feedback, appreciate it. I’ll keep trolling for more of your smart techniques and “borrow” them, if you don’t mind :-). Fantastic. Happy Cooking, eating (and training) !

          1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:37 am

            go for it. thanks Kwan!

    1. Verna July 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I’ve been using Hunts canned tomatoes as well for my pasta sauce just because I can’t find the taste I’m looking for in those packed versions. However, I use our blender to puree the tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil mixture. I also add in a bit of Parmesan (I’m a sucker for cheese) and oregano. Still haven’t stored it in the fridge though so I’m not sure if it’ll last long as well.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

        that works as well. but you build more flavour if you cook everything first.

        1. Verna July 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

          I let the ingredients come to a boil first and then simmer. Process takes about 2 hours. :) Love your blog! Btw, may I know the title of the song and the name of the artist/band in your Skill Shop #4 vid? I’ve been trying to search for the song in the internet, but can’t. :( Thanks!

          1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

            haha i’ll have a look

    1. Catherine November 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I tried this one the other day. Cooked the tomato sauce the night before and stored it in the fridge. I used the crushed tomatoes and I think it worked fine as well. At the last minute of cooking the beef, I added the sauce and topped it with mozzarella and waited till the cheese melted. I had it with two slices of wheat raisin bread and it was heaven. It doesn’t look pretty in pictures but I had a happy tummy after. And the great thing was I had it after my morning jog so I didn’t feel guilty at all!




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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