June 2, 2010 by Flora Dawn
If you have read my blog a few times you already know I like to make most things from scratch, so it’s probably no surprise that I make my own pasta sauces.
Overall, I think making your own food from scratch is healthier; who needs all that high fructose corn syrup and salt anyway?
I have several different tomato sauces I like to make, but this one is my basic, go-to recipe for a quick dinner.
It is pretty simple, you could always add fresh herbs, mushrooms or browned ground beef or sausage to make it a bit more special.
It’s not quite as easy as opening a jar of pasta sauce, but it really does come together quickly and I think it tastes so much better.
One thing I have noticed over the years is that different brands of tomato products really taste differently. Some are very sweet and others are salty or metallic. It’s probably best to find a brand you really like and just stock up when it is on sale.
Personally, I buy mine at Costco. The large cans give you over 6lbs of tomatoes, sauce or paste for around $3; I store it in small freezer containers and just defrost as needed.
Quick Pasta Sauce
- 1 Tb olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1 small bell pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp each, basil, parsley, oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a skillet over medium heat, add oil and cook onion and pepper until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add tomatoes, herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, allowing flavors to blend, about 10 minutes.