Fresh tomato pasta sauce

    1 hour 25 min

    The simplicity of this pasta sauce emphasises the flavour of fresh tomatoes, which are simmered for 1 hour in this easy recipe.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1.8kg fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic powder; cook and stir until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, parsley and salt. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 hours.


    For a less chunky sauce, cool slightly and process in blender to desired consistency.

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    So simple and basic that I have this recipe memorized. Best with home grown tomatoes! I use about 12. To peel tomatoes, be sure to view the allrecipes video "How to Peel, Seed, and Dice Tomatoes". VARIATIONS: for a smoother/thicker sauce add half-stick butter. for a different flavor add 1/4 cup red cooking wine and/or meat. for a more Italian aroma add 1 tbsp fresh oregano. for more "kick" add 1 tbsp of red pepper flakes.  -  30 Oct 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    08.20.16 ~ A nice sauce to have on hand. I bought a bushel of tomatoes, and used part of them to make this sauce. I tripled the recipe so I would have extra to freeze. At the end of the simmer time, I used my immersion blender and chopped everything a little finer, and simmered for one more hour. The results were a nice thicker sauce that worked great on spaghetti and as a pizza sauce. I froze three quart bags to have this winter.  -  09 Oct 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Except for adding some red wine to the sauce, I followed the recipe exactly. The sauce itself was fantastic, and I'll use this sauce anytime I need a fresh tomato sauce. In this case, though, once I added some meat to the sauce (for lasagna), quite frankly it went really bland. It didn't stand up to the meat at all. So I don't think this is an ideal sauce for meatballs, etc., but just over a bed of pasta, it was amazing.  -  28 Aug 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)