Tomato Sauce, Basic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

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Tomato Sauce, Basic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce.

Homemade recipe for tomato basil pasta sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes. Best, simple and basic. With step by step pictures.

Home made tomato sauce, pasta sauce is so much better than the bottled stuff any day. The main thing for a good pasta sauce is to have really good ripe tomatoes. The pasta sauce recipe otherwise has very few ingredients and a couple of spices. That is all it takes to make a good pasta sauce. You can substitute canned tomatoes for fresh ones, but we will be using fresh tomatoes today for this pasta sauce recipe.

The tomatoes need to be peeled, de-seeded and juiced before making the sauce. So lets get pasta sauce cooking guys…..

Boil water in a pan and drop in the ripe tomatoes in boiling water. Boil for half a minute to a minute until the skin of the tomato cracks like the picture shown below. Blanching the tomatoes in hot water helps in peeling the skin easily for pasta sauce.

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Peel the tomato skin and cut the tomato into half. Remove the seeds and let the juices through a strainer / colander. We will be using the juice later.

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After peeling and removing the seeds, you will be left with tomato meat and tomato juice. Discard the skin and the seeds.

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Puree the tomatoes and the juice in a food processor. Set aside.

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You just made home made tomato pulp. Congrats.
Lets move on to making the pasta sauce.

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Heat olive oil in a pan and add in 3-4 cloves of minced garlic and one finely chopped onion. Add in a teaspoon of dried thyme.

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Cook the onions until soft and translucent. About 3-4 minutes in medium flame. Add in the tomato puree along with the strained juices.

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There is a little Italian Nonna’s trick while making pasta sauce – tomato sauce for pasta. Its adding a teaspoon of sugar. It really rounds out the flavor. So add a teaspoon of sugar. Add in freshly ground pepper and salt.

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Simmer the pasta sauce for 10 minutes in medium flame until a thick pasta sauce forms.

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Switch off the flame and tear some fresh basil leaves and add it to the pasta sauce.

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Your pasta sauce is now ready. You can store this sauce for up to a week in the refrigerator.

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Putting together pasta and sauce:

Adding pasta sauce on cooked pasta and serving as is without making the sauce adhere to the pasta is a sin. The pasta sauce should nicely coat the pasta and should always be cooked briefly so the pasta absorbs the flavor of the pasta sauce. This little extra step goes a long way.

Add some cooked pasta in a pan and set the stove on medium heat. Add in some of the tomato sauce – pasta sauce and a teaspoon of olive oil. Briefly saute the mixture for a minute. The pasta sauce needs to adhere and coat the pasta. If the pasta is too dry, add in some drained leftover pasta water and cook till desired consistency.

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Remove off heat. Serve the pasta with some grated parmesan cheese or any aged cheese of your choice. Serve hot.

Enjoy your pasta. Buon appetito.

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Basic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Homemade recipe for tomato basil pasta sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes. Best, simple and basic.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 (makes 5 cups) 1x

Ingredients

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  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 kilogram ripe tomatoes or two28 ounce canned peeled tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 56 fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a pan and drop the ripe tomatoes in the boiling water. Boil for half a minute to a minute. Peel the tomato skin and cut the tomato into half. Remove the seeds and let the juices through a strainer / colander. We will be using the juice later.
  2. Puree the tomatoes in a food processor. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan and add in 3-4 cloves of minced garlic and one finely chopped onion. Add in a teaspoon of dried thyme.
  4. Cook the onions until soft and translucent. About 3-4 minutes in medium flame. Add in the tomato puree along with the strained juices.
  5. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Add in freshly ground pepper and salt.
  6. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes in medium flame until a thick sauce forms.
  7. Switch off the flame and tear some fresh basil leaves and add it to the pasta sauce.
  8. Pasta sauce is now ready. You can store this sauce for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Notes

Measurements used – 1 CUP = 250 ML

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian

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9 thoughts on “Tomato Sauce, Basic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce”

  1. Hi wanted to know how much sauce is made from 1kg tomato and it’s enough for how much pasta. Need to cook for around 30 people. Trying to find proportions. Really appreciate the help. Thanks

  2. Thank you for another spectacular recipe. I’ve made this MULTIPLE times and it’s quite a hit with my folks!
    I have a few questions though.
    If I would like to add chicken to this recipe,

    a) Does the chicken need marination? If yes, what?
    b) How and when is the chicken cooked?

    I look forward to your response






  3. Made this today and tossed it in some spaghetti! Loved the flavor and simplicity of the sauce! Thanks for this recipe, this is a definite keeper 🙂

  4. I love italian food, I always buy this red sauce from the market. but your recipe made it easier for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.






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