Canadian Tire Kitchen Crew Mission 1 #2: Easy tomato sauce

For my second post in the Canadian Tire Kitchen Crew Missions this Fall, I stuck to a tomato theme. For the first time in years, we have a lot of tomatoes growing in our backyard and I am having to get creative to come up with ways to use them. Let me remind you that Mission 1 was as follows:

“It’s back to school time again! And you know what that means – packing your little one a lunch and preparing snacks for an army of friends after school.  Besides wanting to be nutritious and delicious, you also don’t want to slave away for hours in the kitchen. Your mission this week is to develop easy eats for back to school! That means a total prop time of 20 minutes or less – no cheating!”

I had to laugh when I received this mission since the only “little one” I am packing a lunch for is Neil (and occasionally myself).  But we DO try to plan ahead on the weekend to make sure we have enough food organised for whatever nights we’re home as well as leftovers for lunches.  After last week’s soup, my mind wandered to pasta sauce.  Pasta is always one of my “go-to” meals on busy weeknights and I am sure you know that it’s all too easy to reach for a jarred sauce when time is short.  Last year, Neil canned a bunch of tomatoes for use in sauces and cooking but we’re running low and I wanted to see whether the Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup and Beverage Blender would manage a batch of basic tomato sauce that I could use for pasta or pizza sauce or in any number of other soup and stew recipes. The sauce I came up with is simple but fresh and tasty – and lends itself to all sorts of interpretation. With something like 5 minutes’ prep time and about 40 minutes cooking time (where you can walk away and leave the blender do its thing), you couldn’t ask for much easier. And with only one pot to wash up, it’s even better!

A little prep, and 45 minutes later….

Easy blender tomato sauce recipe

Easy, quick tomato sauce for pasta recipeThe result is a light tomato sauce with a hint of lemon – bright and fresh on its own. Or perfect to add to a meat sauce. Or use as a sauce base for pizza. The possibilities really are endless!  Again, there won’t be as much depth of flavour as a sauce whose tomatoes have been slow roasted in the oven and cooked over a low heat for a couple of hours but for a healthy dinner in under an hour that doesn’t come out of a jar, I think it’s a pretty good substitute.

Easy tomato sauce for pasta recipeDisclaimer: I was provided with compensation as well as a  Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup and Beverage Blender in exchange for writing two posts about the product. All opinions are 100% my own.  The Kitchen Crew series highlights my stories, recipes and tips with promotional consideration made possibly by Canadian Tire. If you want to uncover your kitchen’s true potential, stay tuned to the Kitchen Crew for my weekly missions.

* Did you enter my wine giveaway yet? Contest closes Wednesday September 14th at 6pm EST. I will announce the winner on Thursday September 15th.  Bonne chance!

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48 Responses to Canadian Tire Kitchen Crew Mission 1 #2: Easy tomato sauce

  1. Laura September 12, 2011 at 07:15 #

    That blend and cook blender looks so neat. I have never seen anything like that before. That would definitely be handy for a quick weekday meal. The sauce looks great!

  2. Liz September 12, 2011 at 07:16 #

    Simple and delicious!!! Perfect for a weeknight meal…especially with your delightful new gadget!

  3. Curt September 12, 2011 at 08:03 #

    That’s a great way to make tomato sauce. I’m impressed. I’ll have to show this one to my wife.

  4. Lindsey September 12, 2011 at 08:05 #

    There is quite possibly nothing better than fresh tomato sauce! Great post!

  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 12, 2011 at 10:17 #

    I’m so jealous that you have one of these special blenders! What a great way to make some fresh and yummy sauce!

  6. Jen at nonstopmama September 12, 2011 at 12:39 #

    ooh, looks yum!! The addition of lemon zest v. interesting, too – must try that!! Thank u! XX

  7. Paula September 12, 2011 at 12:52 #

    This Blend and Cook Blender from Cusinart may just be the little sister to their Crock Pots. Love that you can turn out a healthy and hot pasta sauce in such little time.

  8. Jennifer (The Gourmetour) September 12, 2011 at 13:59 #

    I love this idea! These would make great gifts! Beautiful pictures too!

  9. Isabelle @ Crumb September 12, 2011 at 15:30 #

    Lucky you, to have so many tomatoes! My crop this year has been pretty dismal, especially because those pesky squirrels keep snatching tomatoes off my plants before they’ve even had a chance to ripen. *sniff*
    Using the Blend and Cook Blender to make tomato sauce sounds genius – so low-maintenance, especially in terms of the cleanup. Definitely a step up from my old-fashioned food mill! 🙂

  10. Dan @ Dan's Good Side September 12, 2011 at 16:08 #

    I always love to put a little lemon zest in my tomato sauces too. So simple, and it really brightens it up. Perfect in the summer, and also in the dead of winter when you’re begging for some sunlight! 🙂

  11. Joan Nova September 12, 2011 at 18:44 #

    ooh…like the element of lemon here!

  12. Charmaine @ SpeakeasyKitchen September 12, 2011 at 18:56 #

    You had me at “easy.” Looks like I need to get my hands on one of those Blend’n’Cooks!

  13. jenjenk September 12, 2011 at 22:57 #

    love this easy sauce!! it’s my pop’s favorite kind, too! 🙂

  14. Eliot September 13, 2011 at 08:44 #

    How lucky are you with all the tomatoes!!!!!!! I am envious. I picked some of my first tomatoes of the season and the were the size of large peas!!!! Great recipe.

  15. Jill Colonna September 13, 2011 at 11:42 #

    Mardi, this looks so packed with all the fresh flavours of summer. So easy but with great ingredients like that, it’s on another level. I’d love to even freeze it so that on dull, depressing winter days it can brighten up our evenings! A keeper.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 19, 2011 at 18:24 #

      Yes I love having treasures like that in the pantry or freezer to brighten up the winter!

  16. Don (@foodiePrints) September 13, 2011 at 15:33 #

    Mmmm….sounds like a great way to use up the bumper crop of tomatoes I keep seeing at the farmer’s markets 🙂

    Definitely, trying this!

  17. kat September 13, 2011 at 19:35 #

    Such a wonderful idea! Thanks for the tip!! 🙂

  18. Bayu Amus September 14, 2011 at 00:07 #

    I wasn’t even aware such cooking device exists until now. Thanks for the tip and the quick sauce recipe, and I’ll keep my eyes open should this Cuisinart blender becomes available in my local stores.

  19. penny aka jeroxie September 14, 2011 at 07:15 #

    i can do this when I get my thermomixer……:)

  20. Thomas Andrew September 14, 2011 at 13:36 #

    What a neat blender and recipe idea – great for those super busy nights when all you’re craving is a home cooked meal. I will definitely be filing this recipe.

  21. Julia @ Mélanger September 14, 2011 at 22:43 #

    What a perfect idea for a rainy weekend to cook and batch up some homemade tomato sauce?! Lovely!

  22. Helene September 15, 2011 at 11:43 #

    I have never seen the Cuisinart blend and cook soup before. I am impressed. That sounds like such a great, quick way to prepare the sauce you did. Thanks for talking about it.

  23. ClassicKitchenTwist September 18, 2011 at 14:59 #

    I want this blender! I haven’t seen nor heard of it before your post but this is going on my list!

  24. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 20, 2011 at 22:21 #

    Love the simplicity of this recipe! Perfect for anyone who’s just starting to cook. 🙂

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