A new Costco is opening up next month a few miles away from my house. I’m so excited! My favorite things to buy at Costco are coffee pods, cheese, sausage, lettuce, butter, canned tomatoes and snacks. Unlike BJs, you don’t have to fiddle with coupons, although they do have sales. I’ve gone in both stores and written down prices, because there has always been a BJs near me, but the Costco is 25 minutes away. I choose to make the drive to Costco, because BJs is so much more expensive. I’m glad Costco is moving so close, however, because they have some important staples I rely upon, like the canned tomatoes.
When I say canned tomatoes, I don’t mean the little cans. I mean the big mamma cans.
I got this 6 lb. 9 oz can of crushed tomatoes for $3. That was enough for a little over 3 quarts. Just one quart of pasta sauce is about $2.50 in the store, so buying this can is a great way to save money on marinara. And, it’s super easy, and doesn’t take long to cook.
Just chop a medium onion and half the cloves of one head of garlic. I did it in my food processor to make quick work of it.
Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a Dutch oven, warm, and add onions and garlic. Saute till soft. Pour in the big can of tomatoes, 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste, 2 TBSPs each of oregano and basil, 2 TBSP of sugar, and 1 TBSP of salt.
Stir, and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Freeze in batches, and use as pizza sauce, or any red sauced Italian casserole.