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>From Scratch: Tomato Sauce


I ended up spending all day today at home since Monkey was in a sleepy mood and we had the threat of severe weather hanging around. Since I was hanging around the house, I figured I might as well cross some things off my to do list.

One of my favorite parts of around-the-house days is making my own marinara. I’ve been playing with my recipe and searching through other recipes trying to find one I like. We’re hoping for generous tomato plants this year so I’m hoping to can tomato sauce made from our tomato plants. 🙂 I decided to do a trial run today with the canning using the “water-bath” method.

From Scratch Tomato Sauce

2 cans tomato sauce
1 can peeled whole tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 medium onion
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp basil
1 TBSP parsley
1/4 tsp cinammon
1 tsp chili powder
1 bay leaf
5 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Heat stockpot over medium heat, adding butter and olive oil. Brown the intact 1/2 onion. 
  2. Once onion is browned, add all other ingredients. Bring sauce to a gentle boil.
  3. Turn sauce down to a slow simmer and cover for two hours, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Uncover and simmer for 2 and half more hours, still stirring periodically. 
  5. Remove onion and puree with immersion blender. 

{I happen to think that tomato sauce tastes best if you let it cool and sit overnight in the fridge, then serve it the next night 🙂 You can tweak just about everything in this sauce. When I have it, I like to use fresh basil. It brings a brightness to the sauce that you just can’t replicate with dried herbs.}

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4 thoughts on “>From Scratch: Tomato Sauce

  1. >Sounds devine. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by ines | February 28, 2011, 2:37 am
  2. >That sounds delish! I found you from SITS and it's kinda a divine intervention – I just became a Navy wife almost 5 months ago. I left my comfort zone in Texas and moved to Florida to start my new life with my hubs. It's definitely a different way of life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything because of the lessons I'm learning through it. Anyway…glad to have found your site!

    Posted by becomingbianca | March 2, 2011, 10:37 pm
  3. >My mom used to make sauce from scratch–and I grew up in an Italian neighborhood where nearly everyone did! I never have but maybe I will try it out… Thank you for stopping by Army Wives' Lives on #MilitaryMon – hope to see you again, soon!

    Posted by Candace | March 6, 2011, 8:36 pm
  4. >OK… visiting you from SITS and when I noticed your URL link I had to go ahead and come by! Have a food/recipe blog and would love for you to come link a recipe at this week's Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday (open through Wed night).Also… if you have a most popular recipe post, would love for you to link it in our Star Recipes Collection (just started last week).I love meeting military families, so another reason I had to come check out your blog. Love your photos. Wanted to say thank you to you and your family for the great sacrifices you make as a military family for our country! It is deeply, deeply appreciated. 🙂

    Posted by The Lucky Wife | March 9, 2011, 1:03 am

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