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Old 06-03-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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So.... I love my sauce. I love the taste of it, but ..... its watery. Do I need to use paste to thicken up the sauce or add corn starch or something?
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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So.... I love my sauce. I love the taste of it, but ..... its watery. Do I need to use paste to thicken up the sauce or add corn starch or something?
Two things can do it.

Add tomato paste. However, if you do not cook it for a while, the flavor can be overwhelming.

Or you can cook it at a simmer for a couple of hours and the sauce will tighten up.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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Add a little cornstarch in a little water to it and bring to boil. Until it's right
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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lawrence is right regarding possible cooking alternatives.

While corn starch is an excellent ingredient to thicken sauces, it is completely incorrect to use it for tomato sauce.

Corn starch would be used as a substitute for flour to make roux-like sauces.

You mentioned you love your sauce; if you want to make it the right way, don't use cornstarch on it whatsoever.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Just simmer it with no lid......it'll make your house smell good......just like an Italian Betty Crocker!
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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Works for me... don't forget the meatballs!
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Lighten up, light sauce rather than heavy for summer is my fav, I start with diced tomatoes and the sauce is almost like broth and the pasta absorbs Depending on what you have in it if it needs a little something...add some chicken, beef or veggie base and enjoy, it won't add bulk, or if you add some pasta water with the starch from the pasta, it will thicken and stick slightly.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Not sure I've made spaghetti sauce from scratch. But, I've cooked every other concoction with tomato diced or stewed,tomato sauce , paste etc. Surely, I've used corn starch in these. Just curious as to what problems it presents. I just had an Italiano moment and posted about Cornstarch.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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Great. Thanks guys. Meatballs are for when we have good hamburger, but other then that its sauce and noodles.

Sauce is really easy to make, if it smells good, it probably should be in it. lol.

Diced tomatoes, green chillies, chopped garlic, caijin seasoning, and a sauce base.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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NOOOOO! no tomato paste, no starch!
all you need to do is: take a small pan--not pot!
saute your onion and or garlic and oil, then add the can of either sauce or crushed tomato. add a spoon or two of sugar, some salt, some spices. bring to a boil. as soon as it does, put the burner on low heat and let simmer. it will thicken all on its own.
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