July 15, 2012
Ripe tomatoes are too good this time of year, so it’s a fabulous time to make fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce. My kids love pasta for dinner, and I feel great giving them a homemade sauce filled with no preservatives, sodium or additives. Two out of three of my children will eat raw tomatoes, but all three of them will devour this. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a carotenoid associated with tomatoes’ red color. Lycopene is full of antioxidants which are wonderful for bone health, protection against heart disease, inflammation and cancers. Tomatoes are also a great source of potassium, folic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, so dig in!
Homemade Tomato Sauce
5 ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1. Bring large saucepan or Dutch oven with water to a boil (but have a large bowl of iced water ready set aside). Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel, 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop three tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes; set aside.
2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften, 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, red pepper and Italian seasoning, Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer over low heat 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta.
15 Responses to “Homemade Tomato Sauce”
I love tomatoes and homemade sauce rocks!
This is fabulous looking. I am making this tonight!
looks fabulous! We are having this tomorrow night for a big dinner party
Perfect way to use ripe summer tomatoes!
Oh my gosh, I want this for lunch right now!! Looks amazing!! :)
Homemade sauce is the best, this sounds perfect Alison!
Allison, this looks delicious!! The sauce is seriously beautiful. Although, I am a sucker for fresh, and healthy. Much love!!
I've had this on my list for quite some time... I just need to buckle up and do it. Looks wonderful!
Brilliant Alison! I am so making this for my kids
We had homemade tomato sauce this weekend and it was so good!
My kids love a good pasta sauce - this sounds fabulous!
Looks great, Alison! So easy to make and a great way to use fresh tomatoes!
Homemade tomato sauce is my fall back on dinner idea when there is nothing in the house and/or I am lazy. Love the freshness of the tomatoes with pasta. I have three versions I make: raw, roasted and traditional (such as this). All good ...
I love homemade tomato sauce, this looks great, Alison!
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