Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe: This Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe Is a Healthy Alternative to Jarred Pasta Sauces by Donna John
When you're in a hurry and need dinner fast, jarred spaghetti sauce is fine. But if you have time, and fresh tomatoes, why not make your own fresh, healthy, homemade pasta sauce? It's really easy, and everyone loves it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 to 3 hours
Total Time: 2 to 3 hours plus 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
Here's how to make it:
Wash the tomatoes.
Cut the tomatoes in half.
Put the tomatoes in a Dutch oven. Sprinkle them with a little salt.
Bring to a simmer and smash them with a potato masher.
Cook on low heat, stirring often, until they reduce down and form a "paste," about 2-3 hours. (Below is tomatoes after 1 hour of cooking.)
Tomatoes after 2 hours.
Tomatoes after 3 hours.
Throw in some chopped or whole garlic, fresh basil leaves and about 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar, if needed. (This will depend on how sweet your tomatoes are and how you like your sauce.) Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the olive oil. (I use a lot, probably around a 1/4 cup or so, but it's all to your taste.)
Stir well to combine.
Serve with your favorite pasta and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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