Homemade Spaghetti Sauce: This Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe Is a Fresh Alternative to Jar Pasta Sauce by Donna John

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce: This Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe Is a Fresh Alternative to Jar Pasta Sauce

Jarred spaghetti sauce is fine, but if you have time, why not make your own healthier, homemade version? It's really easy!

You'll need:

  • 3 - 4 pounds Roma tomatoes
  • chopped garlic
  • fresh basil leaves
  • sugar (optional)
  • olive oil

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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Donna John
We had this last night. I had to add ground beef to my husband's, though he has eaten it meat-free before. It has a great, rich flavor because of how the tomatoes condense down. It's really good. Hope ya'll give it a try!
Donna John
Cooked a batch of this tomato sauce last night and snapped photos while I did. Hope they help if (when!) you decide to try this recipe. Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Wow, this looks awesome! 🙌🙌
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
OMG! This is amazing, Donna John . I love your photos! You truly make me believe that I can do this. I want to try soon, thank you! #yum
Dawn Taylor
Thank you for this!! Love the simplicity, and I know it will be healthy and yummy :)

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