There are not many recipes that I actually come up with on my own, but this one is mine! My husband loves gardening, and starts bringing in bushels of tomatoes in July (he just brought in our first bushel!) For the last several years we’ve had enough homemade pasta sauce to never use Ragu thanks to his garden. So if you notice me grabbing the canned stuff, I’m usually sending it to the food pantry!
Here’s our homemade sauce recipe, and it works great either canned or frozen. (Just freeze in plastic containers and thaw when ready to use if you’re afraid of canning – I’m hoping James will help me show how to can spaghetti sauce later in the summer if you’ve never tried it before!) Once you’ve had this it’ll be hard to go back!
Here’s what you’ll need . . .
1 small can tomato paste
Muir Glen Stockpiled, if not let’s hope that Coupons.com resets the $1/1 Muir Glen July 1st!
1/2 cup onion chopped
Vidalia Onions on sale $1.29/lb.
1/4 cup carrot chopped (optional)
2-3 green peppers chopped
6 tomatoes peeled (read through to the bottom on how to peel them if you’ve never done this before!)
From your garden or Premium Tomatoes On Sale at Publix $1.49/lb.
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Chop onions, carrots and peppers and saute in oil until tender. Meanwhile peel tomatoes (see directions below). Add tomatoes to onion mixture and all other ingredients – bring to boiling, then simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Add additional salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. (I like my spaghetti sauce sweet!)
Serve over BOGO Mueller’s Pasta (BOGO $1.29). Enjoy!
If you’ve never peeled tomatoes (I hadn’t until my husband started pestering me about doing something with all the tomatoes he kept bringing in!), here’s how to do it. It’s a little messy but the results are worth the mess!