August 12, 2013

Healthy Meals 009: Homemade Pasta Sauce with Garden Grown Vegetables

Our garden this summer has given us a huge amount of tomatoes as well as many peppers and herbs.  After filling several baskets of tomatoes, Tom thought it would be great to make our own pasta sauce. Our six tomato plants include Better Boy, Big Boy, Roma, plum and cherry tomatoes and all were included in the sauce!

A small sampling

Here is our recipe, altered from several we looked at online:
green peppers
garlic (I used 3 cloves), minced
Italian seasoning
olive oil
tomato paste

The first step is to blanch the tomatoes, then peel and seed them.  Tom did this step and frankly I have no idea how.  He was busy for a couple hours in the kitchen getting a huge amount of tomatoes prepared so I could do the easy part of the recipe!

The next step is chopping all the vegetables.  While this takes a little time, it is simple and can be done in advance of making the sauce. The vegetables are put into a medium size saucepan and sauteed in a 1/4 cup of olive oil. While the vegetables softened, I put small amounts of tomatoes in the blender and blended them on medium speed for about 15 seconds.  Those were immediately transferred to a large cooking pot where I soon added the vegetable mixture and a few tablespoons of Italian seasoning. I also added three cans of tomato paste to thicken the sauce.  The sauce simmered for approximately 2 hours.

We did test this a few times and added a bit more Italian seasoning

For dinner that night, we served the sauce over store bought spinach and kale ravioli and it was very tasty. The best part is the leftovers!  I managed to freeze all of these containers for future use.  While the sauce took alot of time, it was fun trying something new with our homegrown vegetables!

Yay for leftovers!

Have you tried to make anything special with your garden vegetables or herbs?


  1. YUM! We have a "mini garden" on our apartment porch but we have a large tomato plant. We don't have enough to make pasta sauce but we've been enjoying them in salads, etc.
    Love to make fresh pasta sauce and freeze it, it tastes so much better than store bought!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

    1. Agree, fresh pasta sauce is a real treat after using the store bought variety!

  2. I think it's neat you were able to use your own veggies for the sauce - I wish I had a garden but I've never taken the time to get one together, maybe next year!
    Sounds really good, and leftovers are always great!

    1. I love leftovers since there are nights that I do not feel like cooking at all!

  3. Wow, I think I need a Tom to come over and peel all my tomatoes! That step is pretty much why I have never tried to make sauce with fresh tomatoes!

    P.S - your kitchen totally looks like my dream kitchen! I LOVE white cabinets!

    1. Thanks Danielle, I love white cabinets too and the bead board backsplash really suited my taste.(I did not design it). Tom is a super help in the kitchen and does not mind the not so fun jobs....I am lucky!

  4. Yummy!! I wish I had a 'green thumb' and could grow my own produce, but I usually just buy them from the farmer's market lol :)

    1. This summer was an easy summer to have a green thumb since we have had so much rain!