The Chopping Block  

Tomato Sauce


Pass on Pasta     


There's no limit with what you can do with a good homemade tomato sauce. Sure, it's fabulous on pasta and pizza, but this simple sauce can also be the star in many other takes on the tomato. You can even make it on the grill! 


Try these recipes at home:     


Mint and Cumin Lamb Meatballs with Tomato Sauce 


Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce with Spinach and Feta Cheese 


Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce


Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce with Crusty Bread 


Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce    

Help Us Win an App


The Chopping Block needs your help to win a mobile app contest.  If you want your favorite cooking school as an app on your smartphone or tablet, "like" and "repin" our Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe on Pinterest. Plus, you get the delicious dessert recipe, just in time for the holidays!


Sticky Toffee Pudding  

Join Our Mailing List


Tangy Tomato Sauce 

Tomato sauce made from scratch is easy, homey and delicious on its own, but also a valuable cooking tool. Braise meat in it, poach eggs in it, top a pizza with it, or just add to pasta.

All it takes is a few ingredients.
Tomatoes have a rich flavor, high liquid content, very soft flesh which breaks down easily, and the right composition to thicken into a sauce when they are cooked (without the need of thickeners like roux).

Watch Shelley make a basic tomato sauce in our latest video. You'll never buy jarred sauce again!

How to Make Tomato Sauce 
How to Make Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is one of the five mother sauces of classical cuisine. To say we love it is an understatement. Check out how many of our upcoming classes show reverence for the red sauce:


Deep Dish Pizza and Calzones

Pasta Workshop

Old-School Italian

Family Night: A Night in Spain

Tempting Tapas  

View all of our October and November cooking classes
on our website


The Chopping Block


Chutney vs. Relish

Pork with Tomato Chutney
Pork with Tomato Chutney 
Photo Courtesy of "The Life & Times of Tim"  
Tomatoes make a good chutney as well as sauce. So, when one of our students recently asked "What's the difference between a chutney and relish?", we really took it seriously. We gathered our top chefs for a discussion, consulted our favorite reference guide for home cooks: The Food Lover's Companion, did some internet research and came up with an official stance for our student and the rest of the world.

The Chopping Block
The Chopping Blog Find Us on Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest Google+ Yelp Four Square The Chopping Block Mobile Club