My Dad is a fantastic gardener. He has been working on his seasonal produce talents for many years and has mastered many different varieties of garden fresh veggies. He recently came to my house to visit and I estimate that he brought me about 12-14 pounds of the last of his summer tomato crop – AMAZING! Seriously, I think super fresh garden produce speaks to me more than flowers – – are fresh ingredients a love language? I am pretty sure they are. 😉
Needless to say, I’ve been busy making all things tomatoes and I was eager to get busy making some pasta sauce. If you follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram, you will know that I’ve recently delivered Baby #2 – so anything I can make ahead and store for one of “those” days with a 3.5 year old and a 1 month old, I’M IN! This Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce is super simple – it can easily be done in between entertaining a preschooler and nursing a baby – I promise! The fresh ingredients and herbs go such a long way and you don’t even need to peel your tomatoes first. Just coarsely chop and dice and throw it in a pot to simmer, puree, and then voilà – use the same day, the next few days, or freeze it for later use.
Fresh Tomato Spaghetti SauceDifficulty: Easy
My recipe for Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Sauce is super simple to make and is great to have on hand for your next Spaghetti Night.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 pounds of fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic powder and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, sugar, basil, Italian parsley, and kosher salt and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for one hour.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce, or work in batches to puree using a standard blender. Use immediately with your favorite spaghetti pasta.
- Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Sauce stays good in the fridge for about 3-5 days and freezes very well for about 3-4 months.
- If you need a simple solution for working around your schedule – just chop everything up in advance and wait for an open window to throw the onion and garlic powder in your skillet or pot. Once that cooks for about 5 minutes, the rest is a game of simmering with a quick puree at the end.