Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce (Low Fat)

Stop canning around and try this simple recipe!
Complexity Level:  Easy
Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce
What You Need:
10 Roma Tomatoes
5 Cloves Garlic, prssed to crush
1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
1/2 Leek (the bottom half), chopped
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp White Pepper
1 tbsp Sugar
4 Basil Leaves
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup Tomato Paste
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

To start, place the whole tomatoes, garlic, onion and leeks into a sauce pan with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then lower to simmer and cover.  Let this cook 10 minutes.

While the sauce components are simmering start boiling your pasta.  This way you are multi tasking and saving time!  Cook your favorite pasta to a nice al denti state, drain, and set aside for the sauce to come!

Remove from heat and strain (saving the water).  Gently peel the skin from the tomatoes and discard.  Place all the strained ingredients into a blender with 1/2 cup of the water saved.  Add the sugar, basil, salt, oregano, red pepper flakes,  tomato paste, and olive oil, and puree. 

Because this is hot, hold the lid down hard on the blender.  Otherwise you may end up painting the walls in real life edible wallpaper (the tomatoes taste like tomatoes!)  If you want a thinner consistency, add more of the water.  Finally after all is pureed, add the butter and pulsate 8-10 times to give the sauce a nice shine!  Toss in your favorite pasta, and add salt, pepper, and cheese to taste!

You are more than welcome to add heavy cream in place of the water, and add parmesan cheese while pureeing to give this an even bolder taste!  We wanted to keep it simeple and healthy, so we didn't add these to our sauce.

I added artichokes, carrots, and yellow squash to mine!  Yummmmm ;)
Because this is a fresh sauce, you will notice it is not as red as your favorite canned brand.  The reson for this is you didn't add any additional colors or preservatives, so don't fret!  This sauce is way more natural and better for you!



  1. What a FANTASTIC sauce! I love that it's done is about the same time that pasta is cooked! Your site is looking terrific, too! I've been out of town, so I've not been commenting....I hope you are well!

  2. Ann welcome Bach ! Traveling is both rewarding and exhausting. I hope it went smooth for you! This sauce was just what a cold snowy day ordered: filling, warn, simple and healthy!! It does cook just as the pasta does- gotta love time crunching;)

    Thanks for stopping back and have a fabulous week!!

  3. Looks just delicious! I love pasta with just a tomato sause!
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  4. I am so looking forward to growing Roma tomatoes this year and this sauce will be made.

  5. Elpiniki -- Thanks so much!! I'm super excited that Bargain bites found you, and you found it! This sauce was jsut delicious!!! I will check out your blog ASAP!!!

    Shaheen -- WONDERFUL! Andso simple! I mean, what's stopping with just this recipe? Make it your own! Thanks for taking time to visit me!

  6. Mmmm... I'd have to make gallons of this, because I can already tell I'd want it on everything!


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