Tomato sauce bakes in the oven

Penne with Baked Tomato Sauce.
Penne with Baked Tomato Sauce.

Just about everyone can picture a bubbling cauldron of tomato sauce on the stovetop. But what about a bubbling casserole dish of baked sauce?

That’s right, Baked Tomato Sauce. This recipe is one of the easiest tomato sauces to make, too. All you do is stir together the ingredients in a glass casserole dish and pop it in the oven. After stirring only once halfway through the 45-minute baking time, you have a rich, deeply flavored tomato sauce that is as versatile as it is simple to make.

Tonight, serve it tossed with hot cooked pasta of your choice. All you need is a sprinkle of cheese and dinner is served. Stay tuned to Kitchen Scoop for a step-by-step guide to making your own pizza dough next week, because if you freeze some of the Baked Tomato Sauce, it makes a phenomenal pizza sauce.

Suggested menu:

Penne with Baked Tomato Sauce

Crisp green salad

Italian rolls

Baked Tomato Sauce

Start to finish: less than 1 hour, mostly unattended

Yield: about 4 cups

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 large onion, chopped

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking oil. Combine the remaining ingredients in the dish, stirring well to distribute evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until sauce is thick and bubbling along the edges. Tomatoes will darken to the color of tomato paste.

Remove and cool slightly before serving or dividing into glass storage dishes. May be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months when properly sealed.

Approximate values per 2 tablespoon serving (sauce only): 14 calories, no fat (no saturated), no cholesterol, 1 g protein, 2.8 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 65 mg sodium.

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