I know that the sauce at the store is convenient. Convenient does not necessarily mean good for you. Eliminating as many industry preservatives as you can helps your families health and helps, woman specific, to reduce weight and bloating.
In the summer, we grow our own tomatoes. We end up with a bunch and the salad, sandwich cuisine gets old fairly quickly. Usually I make salsa and pico de gallo then when they start coming in faster and more abundantly I fall back on making spaghetti sauce. Now there are times that I buy too many tomatoes at the store…usually in the spring when the tomatoes are just starting, then I have to do something with them before that get soft and go bad in the refrigerator. This sauce is where I go. Spaghetti sauce is the one thing that can make a quick meal when needed so I see it as a need.
I use a Hand Blender in this recipe. If you do not have a hand blender please let the sauce cool before using a food processor or a blender. This sauce can be very hot and will burn you if it splashes on you.
This is a vegan sauce but cheese can be added which would make it a vegetarian sauce or a typical spaghetti sauce to the rest of the foodies out there.
I know my family is healthier and happier with just a simple act.
Home cooked Food is Love!
- 12 to 15 roma sized tomatoes, Chopped
- 4 Tbsp Garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup carrots, julienne
- 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 4 Tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped
- 1 Tbsp dried Italian Seasoning
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- ½ cup Parmesan (Optional)
- In a dutch oven
- Add Olive oil and heat up
- Add Onion, green bell pepper, carrots, and garlic
- Cook till onions are clear and other vegetables are soft but not browned.
- Add remaining ingredients, except Parmesan.
- Cook over a medium to low heat until tomatoes are saucy.
- Turn off heat and use a hand blender and mix ingredients till smooth.
- (Optional) add Parmesan and stir.
- Makes 3½ pints.
- Can in a 10 minute water bath.