Keep this recipe in your back pocket because it’s easy and you never know when you might need a batch of tomato sauce in a matter of 5 minutes.
The key ingredient is a jar or can of crushed tomatoes, a dash of olive oil, and a few herbs.
For folks who follow SCD, there is some confusion around whether canned tomato sauce and other canned fruits and vegetables are allowed. While many will have strong feelings one way or the other, the bottom line is that cans with no additives or processing aids are allowed on SCD. That said, I prefer crushed tomato sauce sold in glass jars because I don’t like the idea of the acidic tomato sauce sitting in metal or plastic.
If you prefer to follow SCD in the very strict sense, make tomato sauce using tomato juice from a can.
For a product to be considered approved for SCD many feel you need a physical letter from the company verifying the ingredients. For example, for tomato sauce there are approved canned tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, however the list changes depending on the latest info from the manufacturer. When I last checked about a year ago, approved tomato sauce brands included Cento, Utopia, Pomi, Pasatta imported from Italy, sauce from https://www.wellbees.com, Bionatura, and Trader Joe’s sauce and paste. If you are concerned, I suggest you check in with an online SCD support group such as https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTVC.SCD.GroupSCD for the latest info on what is SCD legal.
5 Minute Tomato Sauce
Yield 3.5 cups or 28 ounces
This recipe yields about 3.5 cups or 28 ounces of tomato sauce.
Feel free to add or change up the herbs and spices. And you can freeze leftovers, or double the recipe and freeze half.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil.
- Add the crushed garlic and cook for a minute or so, without burning it.
- Add the oregano, basil, and tomato sauce and bring to a steady simmer. Add a pinch or so of salt and pepper.
- Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.