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Use Canned Tomatoes Instead of Spaghetti Sauce

Use diced or crushed tomatoes from a can in place of spaghetti or tomato sauce, and then add your own spices for an inexpensive, easy, and tasty sauce made to your liking. It's thicker than tomato sauce, which adds more volume and richness to your sauce. Often times, I can find a large can (28 oz) for less than a dollar. I add a little garlic, basil, onion, salt and pepper. It's done quickly and tastes delicious.


By Britt from Boston, MA

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October 28, 20090 found this helpful

I have done this for years. It tastes more like fresh tomatoes. I love tomatoes but don't like the taste of canned sauces. Thanks for posting.

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

Count me in as having done this for a long time, too--it tastes tons fresher than jarred or canned run-of-the-mill sauce.

If you want something thicker, you can beef it up with a can of tomato paste; most times we just use the canned tomatoes with a little splash of red wine and some fresh basil and dried oregano simmered in there for 15 minutes or so.

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