Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce Recipe

homemade garlic pasta sauce
Delicious homemade garlic pasta sauce served over a bed of pasta.

One of our most favorite times of the year occurs when we walk in the garden and find our first ripe tomato!

We know that soon we will be in full harvest, and that means the kitchen will be bustling with some of our favorite recipes to eat, can and preserve!

Although we have several canning recipes from pickles, salsa and pasta sauce: See Canning Recipes, we often get asked how to make a smaller batches of our recipes for smaller crops or for a family dinner recipe.

So this week, we decided to publish one of our favorite sauces: Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce.

This recipe is a classic red sauce recipe used on top of pasta, as a dip with bread, or even a base to a pizza.

It is made using fresh paste tomatoes, such as Roma, San Marzano, or Amish Paste. These varieties make for a better sauce as they tend to have a thicker wall base and a small seed core.

They peel easily too! Bring a medium size stockpot filled with water to a boil, and place your whole tomatoes in the water for 1 minute. Immediately transfer the tomatoes to an ice cold water bath until you are able to handle them.

homemade garlic pasta sauce
Peeling tomatoes is easy to do!

The skins will peel off like magic! Cut the tomatoes in half and either scoop or squeeze out the seeds. All there is left to do is dice the peeled tomatoes and cook!

One tip that my grandmother shared with me years ago is to add a carrot when making homemade garlic pasta sauce. It will help absorb some of the acid from the tomato juice. It will taste less bitter and will be easier on the stomach for some.

Depending on the variety of tomatoes that you use, you may want to use an immersion blender to thin out the sauce after it has finished cooking.

If you like it a little chunkier, than feel free to leave it be!

If you would like to see more recipes from the garden check out this book:  Farm To Table – Over 150 recipes using farm-fresh ingredients

Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce Recipe

*yields: approximately 4 cups

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup olive oil

3 medium sweet onions, diced

8 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 large carrot, grated

5 lbs fresh paste tomatoes, peeled and seeded

2 ½ tablespoons dried basil

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 tsp sea salt

3 dried bay leaves

1/2 large carrot, left whole

INSTRUCTIONS:

homemade garlic pasta sauce
Homemade garlic pasta sauce simmering until thickened.

1. In a large stockpot over medium heat add the olive oil.

2. When the oil is hot, add the diced onions and sauté for 5 minutes until slightly tender.

3. Add the garlic and grated carrot to the pot with the onion and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent and tender.

4. Add the tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper and bay leaves.

5. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently and decrease to low heat to simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

6. At the end of the 2 hours, add the carrot whole piece and simmer an additional 30 minutes – 1 hour or until desired thickness has been reached.

7.Remove bay leaves and the solid piece of carrot.

Serve as is, however if you like a thinner sauce, use an immersion blender to puree the sauce until the desired consistency has been reached.

***Can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 6 months.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce Recipe

Delicious garlic pasta sauce made from fresh paste tomatoes to use over pasta, breads and more!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 medium sweet onions diced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 large carrot grated
  • 5 lbs fresh paste tomatoes peeled and seeded
  • 2 ½ tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 large carrot left whole

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat add the olive oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the diced onions and sauté for 5 minutes until slightly tender.
  3. Add the garlic and grated carrot to the pot with the onion and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent and tender.
  4. Add the tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper and bay leaves.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently and decrease to low heat to simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. At the end of the 2 hours, add the carrot whole piece and simmer an additional 30 minutes – 1 hour or until desired thickness has been reached.
  6. Remove bay leaves and the solid piece of carrot.
  7. Serve as is, however if you like a thinner sauce, use an immersion blender to puree until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 6 months. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce – A Great Use For Fresh Tomatoes

  • July 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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    I just made this recipe today after reading your post this morning. It IS delicious!! The only thing I did differently was to use fresh herbs. I’ll be keeping this one! Thanks for sharing!

  • July 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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    Can this be made in a crock pot?

  • July 17, 2018 at 8:54 am
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    Can you can this recipe?

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