A rich, flavorful tomato sauce is the base ingredient for many types of cuisine, including Italian and Mexican. One challenge faced by chefs and home cooks is working with runny, watery sauce. A thick, hearty sauce will cling to pasta, meats and vegetables easier than a thinner variety. You can thicken the consistency of fresh tomato sauces; even bottled sauces thicken with the right ingredients and cooking techniques. Give a thin tomato puree a thicker body and deeper flavor by enhancing its consistency.
Things You'll Need
Pour the tomato sauce into a non-stick skillet along with 1 tbsp. olive oil. Simmer the sauce on low heat, with the skillet lid on, until the sauce thickens. Stir the sauce with a wooden spoon every 2 to 3 minutes to keep it from sticking. The sauce should thicken in 15 to 30 minutes.
Spoon in 2 to 3 tbsp. of tomato paste. Blend the paste into the sauce using a wooden spoon. Allow the paste to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it simmers.
Pour 1 tbsp. cornstarch into 1/4 cup of cold water. Mix the two together. Stir the cornstarch liquid into the simmering sauce, stirring as you pour. Continue to simmer and stir until the sauce thickens.
References and ResourcesBravo TV: Grandma Louise's Tomato Sauce
Tomato Cage: Tomato Soup Recipe & Tomato Sauce
Stella Culinary: Thickening Agents for Sauces and Soups