Here’s The Secret Ingredient Your Tomato Sauce Needs

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Tomato sauce is an essential kitchen staple that every cook must master. Avoid the mistake of making a bland tomato sauce by adding peanut butter (yes, we’re entirely serious).

The Secret Ingredient

This surprising ingredient will round out the flavor and give the sauce a salty kick. Packed with nutrients, peanut butter will also add protein and healthy fats to your dish.

Don’t be afraid to combine tomatoes and peanut butter — you might find that it’s a match made in heaven. Just add the peanut butter once you’ve sautéed the onion and garlic. Be careful not to add too much, as it might overwhelm the other flavors in the sauce. Once this forms a paste, add the tomatoes and let simmer.

Serve over spaghetti, on a pizza, or in a marinade. It’s one of the most versatile sauces around, so the possibilities are endless! For more inspiration, check out food blogger Blue Bear Wood’s peanut butter tomato sauce recipe here.

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