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August 9, 2011

Homemade Pasta Sauce

As I have stated in my previous posts this week, I have been fortunate enough to receive pounds and pounds of various vegetables from friends with bountiful gardens. So Im taking a break from reviewing magazine recipes and sharing some of my home recipes using fresh garden vegetables this week. The last couple of days I have been using the abundance of fresh tomatoes that I have been given and made two recipes and froze the remainder for use in the fall. I shared the tart recipe yesterday, so here is my simple homemade pasta recipe.

My mother made a large amount of homemade pasta sauce growing up. I used to love the smell of the tomatoes and garlic simmering on the stove for hours. Even today their is something comforting about the smell of fresh tomato sauce thickening on the stove. Making pasta sauce from scratch is very easy and takes little cooking skill. First start out with the tomatoes. Boil a pot of water and put in two tomatoes at a time for 10 seconds, then place the tomatoes in a bowl of ice water. Repeat the process until all the tomatoes are blanched. After blanching the tomatoes are very easy to peel and the peel will come right off. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds and stem. Next I place my tomatoes in food processor because I prefer a thicker, more consistent texture. This step can be skipped, or a food mill can be used depending on your preference. Next place the tomatoes in a large skillet, the larger the surface area the better. Simmer the tomatoes until they reach the desired consistency. It normally takes mine anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on the amount of tomatoes, desired thickness etc. I normally add chopped onion, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and green pepper to my sauce, but you can add any vegetables or Italian seasonings that you wish. That's it, cook some pasta to al dente, add to the skillet and your done!

Homemade pasta sauce is a very simple and delicious way to use tomatoes. The best part about the dish is that you can modify it based on your tastes and preferences and it will still taste delicious!


11 comments:

  1. I like healthy food. It's delicious.

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  2. @KINGRPG I like healthy food also, and try to make it as frequently as I can :)

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  3. Yum! I have a bumper crop of tomatoes...I should try this recipe!

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  4. @E Everyone around here as also had a ton of tomatoes and cucumbers and since they know I cook I have been the proud recipient of their efforts :)

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  5. Looks yummy! I love to make homemade sauce as well, but have never used fresh tomatoes, only the canned, peeled variety. I should give this try!

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  6. @Rosanna It's actually very easy using fresh tomatoes and doesn't take much longer than using canned :)

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  7. Looks yummy! How lucky to have received so many veggies.

    I love being frugal and am a new follower from Blogging Buddies Thursday hop.
    Vicky @ http://messforless.blogspot.com

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  8. @Vicky I am lucky, I wish that I had more space to have a garden on my own, but my dogs control our backyard :)

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  9. Looks good!! I will have to try this out! It's similar to the one I make!

    New follower - you posted on my blog first! (:
    http://megabyte8709.blogspot.com/2011/08/tummy-time.html#comments

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  10. Now this i can wrap my head around. Love making enough to freeze for winter

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  11. OOOOOOOH! I have been looking since last summer for a pasta recipe :)

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