Help Me Make Better-Tasting Tomato Sauce!

published Jan 19, 2011
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Q: I tried making tomato sauce from the cans of diced tomatoes and it tastes like it’s lacking something.

I put in plenty of herbs and garlic and also sugar and salt but it still doesn’t taste as good as I want. Any tips?

Sent by Julia

Editor: Julia, our answer depends on what you’re going for. Do you want a deep, roasted taste? If so, you should try our roasted tomato sauce with garlic; it will help give you a darker, richer taste through the magic of the oven.

Or maybe you want a fresher, more tomato-ey sauce? If so, you should wait until summer and use fresh tomatoes and this recipe: No Fuss Recipe: Uncooked Tomato Sauce.

Or maybe you just want a basic weeknight tomato sauce? That one will give you lots of flavor through cooking smart with onions and herbs.

Readers, how do you make your tomato sauce, and what advice would you give to Julia?

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