"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Red sauce from the garden

For some time I have wondered if it would be cost-effective to make homemade red sauce with fresh ingredients from the garden or farmer’s market.

Would I need bushels of tomatoes for just one pasta dinner? I didn’t know.

I decided to wing it and find out what happens.

Some recipes instruct starting the recipe three hours before mealtime. Most days, that’s not going to happen around here. I only simmered this batch for about a half hour.

You may call this marinara, pasta sauce or dipping sauce. I guess it depends on what you eat with it.

Easy and speedy fresh-from-the-garden red sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ onion, chopped fine
¼ green pepper, chopped fine
½ celery rib, chopped fine
2 tomatoes, diced
2 teaspoons of Italian spices
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

In a saucepan, sauté the onion, green pepper and celery in some olive oil sprinkled with garlic powder.
Add the diced tomatoes (with peels, juice and seeds—what’s wrong with being lazy?)
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer, stirring often, for a half hour or until you are ready to eat.
The result is salsa-like in consistency. I made it a bit smoother by breaking up and mashing the mixture with the edge of a spatula during simmer time.

This recipe makes enough for two small servings of pasta or enough pizza sauce for one pizza.

Double or triple as needed.

Do you have a recipe for red sauce using fresh tomatoes? Please share!

**This recipe was posted on the Two for Tuesday Recipe Blog Hop. Check it out!!**


  1. Hi kris! This recipe looks delicious! you should so totally share it on our two for tuesday recipe blog hop which you can find here: http://bit.ly/aNRB30 it is really simple to link up and then folks will come visit your blog to check out your great stuff! :) Hope to see you there! Alex@amoderatelife

  2. Alex...thanks so much for inviting me!

    I added this recipe to your list.

    Have a lovely day.


  3. Yah Kris! So glad you linked up! Now I get to twitter your article and also post a review on stumble upon. When you get a chance just add a link BACK to the blog hop in the body of your post so others can join in the fun. I have a whole explanation of how to do this on the blog hop page. Yippie--glad you joined us!

  4. Nothing like a good, fresh tomato sauce...sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Two for Tuesdays =)

  5. girlichef...thanks for having me at Two for Tuesdays!!

    Alex...I posted a link to Two for Tuesdays in this article. Thanks again!!


  6. Great way to use up those extra garden tomatoes that missed the canning kettle. Thanks for posting it.

  7. This looks so simply delicious. I love how quick it goes from ingredients to meal time. Thanks for linking to Two for Tuesdays.