Tuesday, October 20

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

This is the first year that we grew tomatoes and I could not believe how much our 1 little plant produced. (Holy Moly! Glad we decided to just try 1 plant)

Our first harvest went for salsa while our second harvest went to spaghetti sauce.

We kind of used a modified recipe but it came out delicious!

My husband actually did all the hard work while I picked the tomatoes, prepared some of the ingredients and poured the final product into glass jars. Total team work ;-)


  • 35 ounces tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Crush the tomatoes with a masher or the back of a spoon
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Add the onion, carrot, & garlic
  • Cook stirring until the onions and garlic have wilted
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stir once
  • Remove cover and simmer for ~ 45 minutes, stir occasionally

Modifications/What we learned:

  • We did not peel the tomatoes so after mushing them we removed the bigger pieces of skin
  • Knowing that our children would not eat the sauce if they could identify any ingredient we put it in the food processor for a couple of blends before cooking it
  • We let the sauce simmer uncovered for a couple of hours to get it to the consistency we wanted
  • The recipe said that it makes 6 cups. I poured it into 4 spaghetti size glass jars and froze those (Actually I froze 3 and used one the following day for dinner. We all loved it. Very Yummy!)
  • The recipe actually called for 2 35 ounce cans of plum tomatoes. It also said to reserve 1 cup of the juice. Since we used fresh tomatoes we used 1/2 a cup of water instead
  • It took a lot more time to make than anticipated but was well worth it.


Allie said...

Oooh! I love homemade sauce! I made bunches of it last year. But this year we were hit too hard by blight.

silverhartgirl said...

I copied that recipe. It sounds great I have never made sauce before.I used our tomatoes for great chili.

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

Thanks gals. I just made another batch yesterday. It is amazing ho much better it tastes than store bought.
I can’t believe I did not think about making chili with them…especially now that it is getting colder.