It isn't difficult to make your own fresh tomato sauce for pasta and it is much better than any mass produced shop bought sauces I have tried. It is an obvious accompaniment to many pasta dishes but is equally good served alongside other dishes including nut roast. The summer is a perfect time to give this recipe a go when tomatoes are in season especially if you have grown your own or are able to get hold of them at a good price.
- 500g fresh tomatoes
- 1 medium sized red onion
- 3 large cloves garlic
- A small dried chilli (optional)
- 1 tablespoon tomato purée
- 2 teaspoons mixed herbs, or a mixture of herbs such as basil, oregano, rosemary, etc
- Dash of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Equipment needed to make fresh tomato sauce for pasta
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- Garlic press (optional)
- Large saucepan
- Long handled spoon
- Hand blender
How to make fresh tomato sauce for pasta
Finely chop the onions and dried chilli. Peel and crush the garlic cloves. Finely chop the rosemary and fresh herbs.
Roughly chop the tomatoes into chunks. It is not necessary to remove the skins as the sauce will be blended.
Gently cook the onion, garlic and chilli in olive oil for a few minutes until soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and heat gently for a few minutes.
Add the tomato purée and salt and pepper, stir, and simmer for a few minutes.
Blend using a hand blender until fairly smooth. The sauce will be quite thick so you will need to add water to bring it to the thickness you want. This will vary depending on your how you plan to use the sauce for example you may want a thinner sauce for lasagne, or a thicker sauce for stirring into pasta.
- Any type of red tomatoes can be used for this recipe, but it it better to use ripe tomatoes even if they are a little soft.
- If you would like a chunky sauce then there is no need to blend it. A chunky sauce is suitable for dishes such as ratatouille.
- The sauce is perfect for making in bulk. It can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days or can be frozen. The sauce can be defrosted in a microwave when needed making it a perfect convenience food.
- The amount of chilli can be varied depending on how spicy you want the sauce to be, or it can be omitted. I find that even just a small amount adds flavour without too much heat.
- If you don't have enough fresh tomatoes either due to the time of year or where you live, or if they are expensive, then you could make a batch of tomato sauce for pasta (using tinned tomatoes). If good quality tinned tomatoes are used then you will still have a homemade sauce which will be superior to mass produced sauces.
- Tomato sauce isn't just for serving with pasta, you could also serve it alongside a variety of other dishes such as nut roast.
This fresh tomato sauce makes a great topping to homemade cannelloni and many other pasta based meals.
Tomato sauce can also be served alongside a variety of other dishes including apricot nut roast.
A chunky version of the fresh tomato sauce is perfect when preparing dishes such as ratatouille.