No matter. I found some lovely cans of fire roasted tomatoes at the grocery store and I must say, they were pretty impressive.
We started roasting our garden tomatoes and making our own pasta sauce a couple of years ago and have become mildly, okay moderately…okay, wildly addicted to it. I had a mini panic attack when I was faced with the dilemma of not having my homemade sauce available this year (because, duh, I didn’t plant my margherita tomatoes–long story), but good news, the sauce I made with the store-bought canned tomatoes is very agreeable indeed. (Shades of Pride and Prejudice. And I find that the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice with Collin Firth as Mr. Darcy is most agreeable.)
You will see that in addition to the fresh onion and garlic, I also use onion and garlic powders. I have found that the combination of the fresh ingredients and the two granulated/powder ingredients makes for a richer flavor in the sauce.
If you wish, you can also use fresh herbs INSTEAD of the dried herbs. You need approximately 3 times as much fresh herbs as you do dried herbs. The measurements for the fresh herbs would be: 1 tablespoon basil, 1 tablespoon oregano, 3 tablespoons parsley.
This sauce is very easy to put together and it only cooks for about 30 minutes.