Make: Freezer Pasta Sauce


Our garden is in full harvest mode.  Our tomatoes, specifically, are all coming ripe at the same time, so we've been busy processing.  A large batch of them went to my mother-in-law, who makes & cans the BEST roasted tomato soup.  With our second batch this year, we made freezer pasta sauce.  We always use this recipe, from a Turtle's Life for Me, with a few variations that I will share below.

We've been making this recipe since 2011 & we will never go back to store bought sauce ever again... it's that good!  Making the sauce is a bit time consuming, but very easy... and so worth it.  The flavor of this sauce is hard to beat -- it's our favorite!

Recipe:
5 diced onions (this seems like a lot, but they cook down)
8 cloves of minced garlic
*4 tbsp. olive oil
*16 c. peeled & chopped tomatoes
30 oz. tomato paste
4 tbsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. dried basil
3 tbsp. dried parsley
1/4 c. white sugar
2 tbsp. salt
*1 tbsp. black pepper 

*In a large stockpot, saute the onions & garlic in the oil until the onion is transparent.
Then, mix in the rest of the ingredients, stirring well after each item is added to make sure everything is incorporated nicely. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer on the stovetop for about 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

*Our variations:
*We use extra virgin olive oil in lieu of vegetable oil.
*For the peeled & chopped tomatoes, we actually use this Sauce Master that I got for Christmas last year. IT IS AMAZING.  The "good stuff" comes out more like soup than chopped tomatoes, but that's just fine to use in this sauce.
*We add more pepper, because we like pepper.
*Natalie uses a crockpot for her sauce, but we always make a double batch, so we use our big Paula Dean stockpot.


Freezer Pasta Sauce Prep; Onions; Recipe; Tupperware Quick Chef | My Darling Days
The Tupperware Quick Chef Pro System is a LIFESAVOR when dicing onions.

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; garlic; | My Darling Days
Minced garlic

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; | My Darling Days
This is what the consistency/texture looks like after the tomatoes were added, that we ran through the Sauce Master, instead of peeling & dicing them.  It looks very runny, but the sauce will thicken!

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; tomato paste | My Darling Days
Tomate paste

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; Oregano | My Darling Days
Oregano

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; Basil  My Darling Days
Basil

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; Parsley | My Darling Days
Parsley

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Sugar

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; salt | My Darling Days
Salt

Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; Pepper | My Darling Days
Pepper
^Look at how dangerously high the sauce got -- be careful when stirring!


Freezer Pasta Sauce; recipe; | My Darling Days

Once the sauce is cooled, we store in freezer bags -- about 2 cups/bag.  This lasts us all year!

Let me know if you try this recipe & what you think!


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