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Tomato Pasta Sauce – Better (and healthier) than canned!

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce -This homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce is everything pasta sauce should be: bursting with flavors of garlic, basil and oregano; chock full of healthy tomatoes; and just a little sweet.This may come as a shock to you but there are nights when I just don’t feel like cooking. [Gasp!!!] I don’t feel like chopping or washing dishes. Boiling water seems like too much effort. But the kicker is that these same nights neither my fiancé nor I feel like making the effort to go out to dinner either. Quite the predicament isn’t it? What do I make every time the laziness hits? Pasta with meat sauce. Mmm pasta sauce.

Homemade Tomato Pasta SauceI used to just crack open a bottle of my favorite brand of pasta sauce and dump it in a pot, but have you looked at those ingredients lately?! It’s horrifying. Is all that sugar and salt really necessary? And don’t get me started on “natural flavoring”. So several weeks ago I made it my mission to create my perfect homemade pasta sauce: a little sweet, bursting with flavor and super tomatoey!

I started with the recipe from The New York Times Cookbook (1961 Edition) that I picked up from The Strand Bookstore in NYC. If I lived in NYC, I would be broke and there would be no blog because all of my pocket money would be spent in this store. True story.

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce - This homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce is everything pasta sauce should be: bursting with flavors of garlic, basil and oregano; chock full of healthy tomatoes; and just a little sweet.

Want to know another true story? When I was younger (like last week) I used to eat pasta sauce straight from the pot. In High School my mom caught on to this penchant for pasta sauce and she would make a pot of pasta sauce with ground sirloin just for me! No noodles, just sauce. Isn’t she the greatest?!

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce - This homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce is everything pasta sauce should be: bursting with flavors of garlic, basil and oregano; chock full of healthy tomatoes; and just a little sweet.

Anyways, enough tangents Lindsey! I know you’re here for the sauce. This sauce is darn good. It even has my fiancé’s sticker of approval, which is harder to get than the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It’s bursting with flavor and you can either can or freeze it to have on hand when those lazy days strike!

You can (and should absolutely) try this addictive lasagna or this vegetarian lasagna or pour it over homemade Italian meatballs for a hearty meal!

Tomato Pasta Sauce – Better (and healthier) than canned!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Yield: 2 quarts

Tomato Pasta Sauce – Better (and healthier) than canned!

This homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce is everything pasta sauce should be: bursting with flavors of garlic, basil and oregano; chock full of healthy tomatoes; and just a little sweet. An easy and healthy red sauce that is way better than canned! Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers so you always have some on hand!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ½ cups canned Italian-style plum tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 small cans tomato paste
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth (An amazing recipe here
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage

Instructions

  1. Gently saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until onion is clear and begins to brown, stirring often.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered about two hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the herbs and continue cooking about 15 more minutes. Remove the bay leaf. The sauce should be thick. Add browned meat of choice, pour over pasta, use in lasagna or chicken parmesan, or just eat it with a spoon!

Notes:

Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for 3 months.

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Lindsey’s Lasagna

26 Comments

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    July 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Mmmmm I love a good tomato sauce and this recipe looks FAAAAB

    (oddly enough I’ve never bought anything from The Strand…i think I avoid it for my wallet’s sake. The key to not overspending in NYC=avoidance)

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      July 8, 2013 at 12:07 am

      I love it – Let me know what you think if you try it!

      Lol! I believe it! Part of me is super jealous that you could pop by The Strand anytime and part of me is still relieved for my wallets sake. Have you visited Kitchen Arts & Letters on Lexington & 93rd? Yeah, a bookstore devoted to cooking. Heaven on Earth.

      Reply
  • Lelia
    July 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Great photos!I can practically taste that chunky, tomatoey (?!) sauce… must make it soon. Love it plain too! Perhaps you could provide an option using fresh tomatoes?

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      July 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Yes, I made that word up! Tomatoey. Just filling a gap in the English language 😉

      I’d love to try it with fresh tomatoes! The tomatoes around here haven’t been looking that great…

      Reply
  • Carole
    July 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    So glad you came by to link this saucy goodness in. Cheers

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      July 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks for the email! Love your Friday posts 🙂

      Reply
  • john@kitchenriffs
    July 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I almost always have homemade tomato sauce in the freezer! So nice for a quick meal. The Strand is great – I love that book store. I could spend days there. 😉

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      July 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Right now I freeze mine too, but I would love to try my hand at canning it to free up space! My freezer is groaning as it is 🙂

      Sigh – The Strand…Atlanta is so far away

      Reply
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  • Dawn
    September 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I was wondering how much pasta sauce does this recipe make? I looked everywhere I hope I didn’t miss it that would be embarrassing.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      You didn’t miss it! I’ll update the recipe now! It makes about 3 pints, but it will ultimately depend on how much you cook it down. I like my sauce thick!

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  • Mindy
    December 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    How much does this recipe yield? (Approx how many jars/cans). I need to make enough sauce for meatballs and chicken both in separate crock pots. Thanks!!!

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      December 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

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