When starting Paleo, I found that there are a lot of recipes that claim they are Paleo Diet friendly. Telling you to add things like a cans of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. When in fact they are not Paleo Diet friendly, as canned foods almost always have additives to keep them shelf stable. If you have to grab for the canned sauces, read the labels. Make sure you are getting the ones with no salt added and a product with the least amount additives in it as possible. With this recipe it is a simple and absolutely terrific way to stock up on tomato based sauces, buy your tomatoes in bulk when they are at their freshest and cheapest from your local Farmers Market.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
1/2 medium carrot, finely grated
56 ounces or 3 1/2 pounds crushed tomatoes*
Salt to taste
Whole basil leaves, for garnish*See Fresh Paleo Crushed TomatoesDirections:
- With a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add in the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and light golden brown in colour, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the thyme and carrot, and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft.
- Add the crushed tomatoes juice and all. Bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve.
- This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.