Hi, I am looking for a good, simple homemade tomato sauce recipe for my PA son. Thank you!
By Pamela S Hughes on Apr 6, 2014
Yes! This is my dad's homemade tomato sauce recipe and I just love it!!! If you want to make it heartier, add ground beef or Italian sausage to it. I keep it simple and my peanut allergy son craves it! Dad's Marinara: Sautee 3 Tbsp canola or olive oil and 8-10 cloves of garlic in a large pan and start opening 8 cans of (14.5 oz) organic diced tomatoes. At the first sign of the garlic starting to brown, turn off the burner and add all the diced tomatoes. Turn the heat on low and simmer until the mixture reduces down and add about 6-7 Tbsp Italian seasoning. After simmering a bit, add A pinch or garlic salt and taste for more seasoning. Enjoy!!!
By PiscesPixie on Apr 7, 2014
Thank you Pamela, I really appreciated your encouragement and taking the time to write to me!!!
By Pamela S Hughes on Apr 7, 2014
I totally understand - being new to PA can seem overwhelming with all the labels and scary possibilities. So far, I have not come across a canned vegetable company that also processes peanuts. Cookies, crackers, all sweets (including all candy and ice cream!) and anything "nutty" is a big red flag. Unless the label specifically states "Manufactured in a peanut-free facility," I call manufacturers on all of those if I'm not sure. (PS - if your child is only PA, Blue Diamond brand is a peanut-free facility with great almonds!)
I love the brand Muir Glen for my canned tomatoes - they are organic and have regular organic tomatoes AND fire-roasted organic tomatoes. Yum! I have not called them but if you are wondering, CALL. I've learned that it's best to do that instead of wonder. It really can take the fun out of cooking if you're not sure! :)
PS - I was in charge of checking all of the foods at our former school's cafeteria and it was a great practice run in calling manufacturers who didn't label clearly. It is wonderful that you are thinking ahead of time about cross-contamination! So many manufacturers have changed their processing methods to ensure safety for PA kids. When you call, you may be surprised how helpful they are in telling you which days they have peanut-free days at the plant and even how they clean their equipment! As you continue on this journey, you will find that it gets easier to shop for groceries and go out to restaurants. You're doing a great job keeping your child safe by being so thorough. And cooking for your family is not only healthier but also a great way for a new PA family to know you are safe. :) Great job!
By PiscesPixie on Apr 6, 2014
Thanks Pamela. I wanted to see if you could help me understand a little better because I'm new to peanut allergies. What brand of canned tomatoes do you use, and did you call the manufacturer about the whole cross-contamination issue that seems to be so big on these boards. Thank you for any input!