I started my week by picking a bunch of ripe heirloom tomatoes from my garden. Since there was a lot of them I decided to let them sit for a week to soften up so I could make homemade tomato sauce.
I started by cutting, trimming and peeling all the tomatoes. I then smooshed all the chunks through a wire mesh strainer to make all the seeds and white parts easier to remove from the tomatoes.
Added all my spices and let it simmer for a while. It really smelled wonderful while this was simmering. Even my dog Taco was interested.
The final result! A little thicker than normal but it looked great over the pasta for dinner. ❤
Homemade Tomato Sauce
- Minimum of 4 large tomatoes, cleaned, peeled, and cut into smaller pieces
- 5-6 basil leaves, thinly cut, or 1 Tablespoon of dry basil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced or in little chunks
- 1/2 tablespoon dehydrated onion, or 1/4 of diced onion
- 1/2 tablespoon dry oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cooked pasta
- Wire mesh strainer
- Sauce pan
- Large pot
- Cutting board
- Cut and peel all tomatoes. Skin must be removed. It is also helpful to pull out as many seeds as possible. Cut tomatoes into small wedges and smoosh each wedge through a wire mesh strainer over a sauce pan. This should help get the remaining seeds and any other under ripe pieces out of the way. L`et it begin to cook on medium-low heat.
- Chiffonade 5-6 Basil leaves, or 1 tablespoon of dry basil and add to pot. Also chop garlic and add to pot. I tend to go with something a little larger than a mince because my family likes to chomp on garlic. Measure out and add remaining spices to pot. Increase heat to medium. Allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Stir occassionally and taste test to adjust the seasonings. If the sauce is still too thin, you can add a can of petite diced tomatoes or sliced zucchinni or any other vegetable to help it along.
- After 30 minutes is up, I begin cooking my Pasta. I allow the sauce to continue to simmer until the noodles are cooked. Once the noodles are cooked, plate up and enjoy!