Most of the recipes I share came about through necessity, trying to stay away from sugar.
Jarred pasta sauce has a lot of sugar in it and I don’t understand why, it doesn’t need it. I think it tastes better without it.
The only reason I can figure is companies and some cooks add sugar into pasta sauce to offset the tartness or sometimes bitter taste of the tomatoes due to their acidic nature.
Removing the tart taste
Sometimes you will have a tart or bitter sauce, it all depends on the tomatoes that are used, but instead of sugar, I’ve found that adding some more salt or a splash of red wine vinegar offsets the taste very well.
We use this homemade sauce for pasta, pizza, meatball subs. Pretty much anything you’d need a nice red sauce for.
This recipe is also a great way to use up all those fresh tomatoes coming out of the garden!
Add cooked ground beef or ground turkey for a complete meal!
Homemade Pasta Sauce
6-8 Tomatoes Roma, or other that you like. You can also use (1) 24oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 sprigs Parsley Roughly chopped or 1 tsp dried
1 Sprig Thyme Fresh or 1/2 tsp dried
2 Whole Bay leaves fresh or dry
1 Sprig Fresh Oregano Roughly chopped or 1 tsp dried
1/3 Cup Fresh basil Roughly chopped
2 Cloves Garlic roughly chopped
1 Large Carrot Diced
1 Medium Onion Diced
1 Splash Olive oil
1 Tsp Salt or more to taste
- If using fresh tomatoes – Start by preheating oven to 350° – Wash tomatoes and roast for 20 minutes in the oven or until soft
- Add a splash of olive oil to a sauce pan and heat over medium
- Add onion and carrots and cook until browned
- Add garlic and let it brown for a minute
- While the onions, carrots and garlic are cooking. Place roasted tomatoes into a food processor and pulse a few times to break tomatoes apart.
- Add tomatoes into the pot with all the herbs
- Simmer on low for 1 hour
- Taste the sauce as it cooks, add more salt as needed
When sauce is cooked, remove the bay leaves and the spines of the herbs and serve!
- If you like a smooth sauce, blend until smooth then serve
- It’s always important to remove the bay leaves before serving. Bay leaves can cut your intestines if swallowed whole or in large chunks.
- Canned crushed tomatoes are excellent in this recipe as well. Feel free to use them instead of the romas.
- If your sauce comes out bitter or tart add a slash of red wine vinegar.