Home made Tomato Pasta Sauce

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We love Italian food !! It has very much become a staple diet. Pasta is something that we have atleast once a week, if not twice !! The days that have a buzy 7.30 am to 6 pm , I am sure to stir up the sauce into pasta that day. But we definitely do not stick to our monotonous flavours.. Its not just Creamy Tomato Sauce or White sauce always.. We do have a Chinese version , thats my favourite 😉 . Coriander Pesto Sauce  – thats Hari’s favourite !! And more…

Can you believe I got my mom to like the Pasta genre . She was quite an antipasti.. until I made one for her when she visited me years before.. Amma like it butter laddened and loads of vegetable finely chopped with a dash of salt, pepper and chopped jalapenos. Its definitely history!!!

A few days back ,when I chanced upon a visit to the Indian grocer , I found Vine tomatoes dearth cheap.. 64p a kilo when our super market giants like Tesco’s to M&S sell them for 1.8£ to 3£. I could not hold myself back and brought bags:) Well thats the Indian heart in me or the chef in me, I decided to make something and stack it for the cold wintery days yet to come..

 
That was one buzy day !! And it had to be pasta for dinner ! Yaaay !! exclaims my lil miss bumblebee.. She loves her pasta loaded with butter and cheese. While making ours, I opened a bottle of Lloyds Grosman Tomato Basil sauce and it Occured in my mind.
Pasta Sauce it is !! I had to make mine to use up the tomatoes . And what else?? I made a Curry Paste that will come handy when my guests come around.

I googled to understand the making of passata and then the sauce. Tarla Dalal’s recipe came quite handy and I have altered the ingredients and proportions to suit our taste.

HOMEMADE TOMATO PASTA SAUCE

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 PREP
TIME        COOK TIME
         TOTAL TIME
 10 Min             30 Min            40 Min
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 Shelf Life : Under a week Refrigerated.
Adapted from : Tarla Dalal’s Tomato Sauce
INGREDIENTS:
5     
Large
Vine Tomatoes  
1
Bay leaf
2
Dried Red Chillies
10-12
Shallot
Onions
2
Cloves of Garlic
½
Green
Pepper , deseeded
2 tsp
Tomato Puree
2 Tbsp.
Tomato
Ketchup
1 Tsp
Dried Basil
1 Tsp
Dried
Oregano
2 Tbsp.
Olive Oil
Salt
to Taste
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DIRECTIONS:

  • Blanch the tomatoes in a large pot of boiling
    water. Once it cools down, peel the skin, deseed the tomatoes and chop
    them into fine pieces.
  • Finely chop onions, pepper and mince the
    garlic.
  • Heat oil in a broad pan and add bay leaf and dried
    red chillies. Sauté for about 30 seconds. Throw the onions, garlic and
    pepper ,all at once and sauté them for a 3-4 minutes , until the onions
    are soft .
  • Pop in the chopped tomato and let the pulp
    simmer in for at least 10 – 12 minutes, until the sauce reduces. 
  • Add in Tomato Puree, Tomato Ketchup, Dried
    herbs and the about 1tsp of salt and cook for another 10 minutes. Once
    the desired consistency is achieved, switch off the gas and move the
    sauce pan on a hot stand, letting it cool down.
  • Refrigerate and use as may desired.
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TO WHIP A TOMATO PASTA

  • Boil a pot of hot water and drop in the pasta to be cooked along with a tsp of oil and a pinch of salt.. Cook, according to the intructions of the packet upto Aldente.Drain the pasta and let cool down by passing it under running tap water. Set it aside.
  • Heat a tsp of Olive oil and add 2 tsp of the pasta sauce. Saute for about 1 minute and add the cooked pasta . Adjust your seasoning accordingly like adding more salt , pepper , pepper flakes if desired . Grate some cheese and enjoy it warm.
  • If you like fry veggies like carrots and peas and add it before adding pasta sauce.

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NOTES:

The
original recipe calls for adding 1/4 a cup of ketchup. I have tried it in my
first batch and found it sweetening my sauce. Hence I have omitted the sugar
called for as well.
The
recipe also calls for removing the bay leaf, peppercorns and green peppers.
But I like to retain them in my jar to retain the flavours.

Sending my much loved Pasta Sauce to Simply Pasta event hosted by Nayna Kanabar at Simply food , a brainchild of Jacqueline of Tinned tomatoes.

 

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Comments (19)

  • Lovely pics and colors…and yes nothing like fresh home made sauce to make the pasta night even better!

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  • Nice recipe..It makes easier to prepare and store.

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  • oh yes…making pasta sauce at home is so economical and hygienic, store ones are loaded with slat and preservatives…
    Wow, it looks beautiful 🙂 A great recipe too follow indeed

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  • Awesome recipe!

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  • Homemade sauce is always healthy and tasty….love your recipe..wish to try soon…thanks:-)

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  • Awesome pictures and lovely recipe!

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  • so beautifully done.

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  • SO beautifully done.

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  • Pics looks mouth waterin, I also wanted to know the shelf life of this sauce?

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  • Pics looks mouth waterin, I also wanted to know the shelf life of this sauce?

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  • Thank you ShivuH. I would say Shelf Life would be One week refrigerated .. like any other bottled pasta sauce.

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  • Now i am like a kid drooling and mouth watering

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  • Nothing can beat the homamde stuffs, pasta sauce looks just fabulous..

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  • delicious…………

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  • wow…. Fabulous post and Mouthwatering pics!

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  • love it… will definitely try it

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  • Nice Blog , This is what I exactly Looking for , Keep sharing more blog .

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  • Love ur blog Sandhya! Beautiful stuff.. n oh did I meantion I am loon for pastas too?? N those dishes….awww… Love the blues!!

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  • Store the pasta sauce in a cool dry place and try to keep it away from direct sunlight; this will ensure that sauce stays fresh and yummy all the time.

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