You have not lived unless you have tried a recipe for homemade tomato sauce! There is nothing like making this staple item yourself.
Especially if it is made from garden fresh tomatoes, the taste is incomparable to anything you can buy in the store.
Benefits to Making Your Own Tomato Sauce:
- You know exactly what's in it
- Use high quality ingredients of your choice
- Add extra nutrition
- Add herbs and spices for added health benefits
Not only does it taste better, but making your own tomato sauce insures that you know exactly what ingredients are used. You don't have to worry about additives or preservatives.
You can add the freshest herbs and seasonings, making your homemade tomato sauce extra nutritious with added health benefits. For instance, adding garlic creates an immune-boosting sauce to use in your favorite recipes!
How to Use Homemade Tomato Sauce
So, what do you use homemade tomato sauce for?
Aside from using it in any recipe that calls for plain tomato sauce, I use this tomato sauce base for a variety of dishes.
Mainly, I use this tomato sauce as a pizza sauce (with easy whole wheat pizza crust) and as a pasta sauce for dishes such as spaghetti and goulash.
Other Uses for Homemade Tomato Sauce:
- Make Spaghetti Squash Lasagna (grain free)
- Chicken Parmesan
- Use as a dipping sauce for breadsticks, Parmesan herb bread, etc.
Recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce from Scratch
A few things to consider before making your tomato sauce…
1. When using store bought tomatoes or tomato paste, jarred is preferable to canned tomatoes because of the BPA in cans.
2. When using fresh tomatoes, cut the stem off and any bruises or blemishes before processing.
3. Fresh herbs and spices are preferable but not required.
4. If your sauce seems too watery, add a bit more tomato sauce until you get the desired consistency.
1 quart (32 oz.) canned or fresh tomatoes
6 oz. tomato paste
1 tsp black pepper
1 clove garlic
basil, thyme, oregano to taste
If using fresh tomatoes, prepare them by removing the stem and any bruises or blemishes.
Blend ingredients well in a food processor until smooth.
Store in a non-reactive container (like glass) in the fridge or freezer.