Monday, September 18, 2017

Semi-Homemade Pasta Sauce

Semi-Homemade Pasta Sauce

I’ve never really been the type to make homemade pasta sauce.  That was also before I had about a million Roma tomatoes in my garden!  Since I had so many tomatoes, I decided to venture into the waters of homemade sauce making.

I imagined myself adding different spices together until I came out with the perfect pasta sauce.

In reality, I bought a pasta sauce seasoning packet at the grocery store.  It’s the same thing, right?!  Haha!

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One thing I didn’t realize was that it takes a lot of tomatoes to make a sauce.  The first time I made tried to make a pasta sauce, I used 14 Roma tomatoes & came out with 2 small jars of sauce.

Well that was a letdown.

In an unrelated event, I was cleaning out my pantry cabinet & came across several tomato-based…things:  diced, paste, sauce.  Why I had all of that I have no idea.  There was no way I was going to use all of that stuff in my lifetime!  Then the lightbulb went off!  What if I used all that stuff to make a semi-homemade pasta sauce?!  Then I could get all that stuff out of my pantry!

So I went to work, mixing fresh garden tomatoes with my canned tomato products.  I was super happy with the end result!  I ended up with two large jars of tomato sauce & I got the random tomato cans out of the pantry!  Win-win!

Semi-Homemade Pasta Sauce

    

Semi-Homemade Pasta Sauce
by Tiff @ onthecreekblog.com September-18-2017
A semi-homemade pasta sauce using canned ingredients as well as garden fresh tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 11 Fresh Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 12oz cans of Tomato Paste
  • 1 15oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 14.5oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 packet of Mrs. Wages Create Pasta Sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar
  • Additional Spices to taste
Instructions
  • In a large saucepan, bring about 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Add fresh tomatoes & scald for about 3 minutes
  • Place tomatoes into a bowl of cold water
  • Remove skins & cut out cores
  • Place tomatoes into large saucepan & smash to desired consistency or puree in a blender/food processor.  (I like chunky sauce, so I just smashed the tomatoes in the pan)
  • Add tomato paste, tomato sauce & diced tomatoes to the mixture
  • Add the packet of Mrs. Wages. (I used about 1/2 packet)
  • Add sugar
  • Add additional spices to taste. (I added Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder etc.)
  • Mix everything together to boiling & then reduce to a simmer for about 25 minutes
  • Place into canning jars or serve
  • Refrigerate for up to one week
Semi-Homemade Pasta Sauce

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