You can make this recipe a few different ways. You can use fresh ripe tomatoes for a wonderful summertime quick pasta sauce. This way is quicker and more vibrant than using canned and I highly suggest trying it when your garden is at it’s peak! Another way is to use your quick and easy canned tomatoes you’ve got stored in the cabinet, or sometimes you may run out or you just don’t have a garden but still want a great easy recipe. In this case you can use store bought tomatoes or sauce. If you buy whole canned tomatoes in sauce you can just put them in a blender and add in place of diced tomatoes. I recommend finding a brand that does not have added salt. It’s better if you can control how much salt is used. Either way works and all make for great options at dinner time!
Fresh Homemade Italian Pasta Sauce
You may also make this recipe in an instant pot or pressure cooker for a faster cook time. See instructions below.
- 4-5 TBS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2lbs of Fresh Ripe Tomatoes or 1 Jar of preserved
- 1/2 Onion Diced
- 3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic Minced
- 1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil -additional 3TBS for garnish
- I TB Dried Oregano
- 1-2 TSP Kosher Salt
- 1/4 TSP Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1-2 TSP Sugar
- Wash and prepare tomatoes for a rough dice. Remove stems while dicing. No need to remove seeds. Once all tomatoes are prepped, set aside.
- Dice half an onion and set aside.
- Drizzle about 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep wide sauce pan and set heat to medium. You can also use your pressure cooker and use the sauté function.
- While oil is heating add diced onion and minced garlic. When the onions become translucent and the garlic becomes fragrant add in 1 tablespoon of dried oregano. Gently stir. Do not let the garlic burn.
- Add diced tomatoes and turn heat to medium high. Continue to heat until tomatoes begin to break down and become watery. Turn heat to medium low.
- Add 1 TSP of kosher salt and a 1/4 TSP of freshly ground black pepper. More to taste if needed. Add 1/4 freshly chopped basil.
- Let sauce simmer for about a half hour. If using the pressure cooker method set the pressure cooker to 20 minutes on high. When finished, taste to see if more seasoning is needed. If the sauce is too sour or you prefer a sweeter sauce, add a TSP or two of sugar.
- When the sauce is finished it should be thickened for serving.
- Serve over your favorite cooked pasta and add some fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese on top and ENJOY!