Hey there friends! I am so happy you are here! That means you must be interested in my fresh tomato pasta sauce. This stuff is a staple in our house. Keep reading to get the recipe! I have made it easy. You can click below to be taken right to the recipe. Then you wont have to ready through my helpful tips haha!
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This fresh tomato pasta sauce takes about 10 minutes to make, if that! It depends on how quick you can get your recipes into your blender. It literally takes no time at all.
I started making this fresh tomato pasta sauce one fall when I had an abundance of tomatoes, chives and basil in the garden. With the addition of garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese, this is an amazing fresh sauce.
I like to make this every fall when I harvest tomatoes in my garden. The great thing about this is that I can freeze this sauce and we get to eat it throughout the winter and spring and it feels as if it is fresh from the garden. Since you do not cook any of it prior to freezing it keeps that fresh flavor.
How do you make fresh tomato pasta sauce:
I almost hesitate to tell you this, because this is literally one of the easiest sauces to make. The great thing is that you can add or omit some ingredients depending on how much of that flavor you want. I love the garlic and chives in it, so I often will add a bit extra. The fresh grated parmesan cheese is an absolute necessity.
Prepare all your produce, wash and cut them. I use the fresh minced garlic from Costco, and the fresh basil paste from Walmart and this makes the recipe so much easier too. I core my tomatoes and cut them in half.
Put your tomatoes, chives, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt and basil in the blender. Pulse until it is the desired consistency for you. My kids do not like big tomato chunks so I end up pulsing until it has a finer texture. The smell of this is reminiscent of Bruschetta, and its amazing.
Once you have it all pulsed, its time to use or store it. This recipe below makes enough for 3 meals, for 6 people. I will often split it into three parts, freeze two of them, and use one for dinner.
What is great about how you use this fresh tomato pasta sauce is that you simply add the sauce to the bottom of a bowl.
You then cook your favorite pasta(ours is penne) until it is al dente. Take 1/2 cup pasta water and set it aside. Drain your pasta and pour it immediately over the pasta sauce. Add the extra water if needed. I then add more parmesan cheese and stir it all together.
The heat of the pasta warms the sauce and brings out the amazing flavors of the garlic and chives. It tastes so fresh, and so different from a slow cooked tomato sauce.
Now, this is what I love about making this sauce.
I have a gluten intolerance, and I often find it hard to cook for the entire family when I have to adjust for myself. With this meal, I can take a small amount of the sauce and put it in a separate bowl for myself. I can then cook my own gluten free pasta and enjoy this pasta along with the entire family! I also always make enough to have leftovers for the next day. Having dietary constraints can make coming up with meals difficult for me, but this makes it so much easier.
How to store this fresh tomato pasta sauce:
I like to freeze the extra pasta sauce in mason jars or even in zip lock bags. But with my desire to be more health conscious, I have been using my mason jars to prevent any plastic issues. I use pint mason jars. One pint seems to be the right amount for 1 package of pasta to serve 6 people.
This stays good in the freezer for 6 months or more. This fresh tomato pasta sauce makes the perfect weeknight meal, when you are tired of cooking and want something fresh. My kids tell me this is their absolute favorite pasta dinner. I think we all love simple meals, especially when they have amazing flavors.
This fresh tomato pasta sauce recipe is just one of many easy dinners I like to make. Here are a couple more:
Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe:
Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe
This fresh tomato pasta sauce recipe is the perfect addition to your weeknight meals! This makes enough sauce that you can freeze some and have meals for later! Its the easiest recipe, has a fresh(almost bruschetta flavor). Make this now and have 3-4 meals ready to go!
- 4 tbsp garlic
- 3-4 tbsp chopped basil
- 10-12 roma tomatoes
- 1 pkg chives about 1/3 cup`
- 1 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup olive oil slightly more if desired
- 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese more to top the pasta
- 1 pkg penne (or your favorite pasta)
Put all the ingredients, tomatoes, basil, garlic, chives, olive oil and parmesan cheese in a blender and pulse until it is fine enough for a sauce. You can do this to your preference. If you like chunky sauce, leave it more chunky. If you like it more well blended, pulse until it is at your desired texture.
This recipe makes enough for 3 meals for 6 people. I like to divide the sauce into three jars and freeze.
You can also take one fo the jars to make dinner with right away! Simply put the sauce in the bottom of a large bowl.
Cook your favorite kind of pasta (we like penne).
Cook your pasta until it is al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water.
Drain pasta and add directly to the pasta sauce, do not rinse pasta. Pour your pasta water on if needed. Stir it all together.
The heat from the pasta will heat up the sauce and the aromatics will begin to shine. I like to add more fresh parmesan cheese to the pasta. Once it is all combined, you are ready to eat!
If you want to freeze this sauce and use later, this is how I do it: Take it out in the morning and leave in the fridge during the day. If it is still frozen, take the lid off and put it in the microwave for about 1 minute at a time until it is defrosted.
Then repeat the steps above for an amazingly fresh tomato pasta sauce that tastes like you just picked everything out of the garden.
This pasta sauce stays good in the freezer for 6 months or more in a mason jar. You can store in freezer bags, tupperware or whatever you like to store things in.
I hope you will try this fresh tomato pasta sauce recipe out! It is so easy to make, stores in the freezer amazingly well, and is a refreshing meal on those dull days when you do not want to cook!
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