In a world of pre made sauces with mystery ingredients, make your own and save money, time, and your taste buds.
I recently purchased at BJs the three large containers of pasta sauce and it was a disaster. Something that was supposed to be a common staple and short cut , made the food taste horrible! It was thick, dark and tastes semi burnt, I will not be repurchasing. And I know accidents happen but it was cheaper for me to make it than buy it.
So let’s get it out in the open, I am not Italian. But I can make a great tomato pasta sauce that will make you dump your current supermarket favorite. My recipe came from an old co worker who wrote it down on a piece of pink paper as I moved on to another position in the company. Years later my husband, kids, father in law, sister and sister in law love it …. Believe me, if I can get my husband to try something new and he repeatedly asks for more …. It is a win all around.
Now I am not going to lie and say it was a breeze to make but it certainly isn’t hard to do. And you make one batch, it will last you a while since you probably are not eating this everyday.
5- 28 oz Cans of peeled tomatoes
2 -6oz cans of Hunt’s tomatoe paste
2 medium onions roughly chopped
10-15 cloves of garlic ( your preference ) roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of oregano
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1 8qt stock pot
1 large mixing bowl
6 1qt containers (or a combination of other sizes to for about 18 cups )
1/2 cup measuring cup
Place the oil in your stock pot and turn stock on medium heat. Once oil is heated add the onions and start cooking until it starts becoming translucent and add garlic and all the seasonings (except sugar) and mix.
Add one by one the cans of whole peeled tomatoes. Add the liquid too. If you want a thicker sauce only add 3 cans with the liquid and 2 without. Stir until mixed well and bring to a simmer. At this point add the tomato paste. It will blend faster with the heat. Once the tomato paste is mixed in bring to a simmer again. Try the liquid to see if any more seasoning needs to be added. If good then add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
At this point, turn off heat and start adding into the blender . Blend until there are no big pieces. This will not take much blending. Use the mixing bowl to place blended sauce until you are done blending the entire pot.
Add the blended sauce back into the stock pot and turn stove back on to medium heat and return to simmer. Once it has simmered again it’s time to store it.
Use ladle to add to the containers and freeze surplus for up to 3 months.
*Since I was not cooking with it today I didn’t simmer for a long time, if you are using for today or part of it, simmer for about 15 more minutes stirring constantly.
Happy eating !