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Tomato Pasta Sauce from Scratch

An Authentic Recipe to Make Tomato Pasta Sauce from Scratch

Are you searching for an authentic recipe for tomato pasta sauce from scratch? If yes, you are in the right place, as you will find the different ways of making homemade tomato sauce in this article.
Deepa Kartha
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Pasta which has its origin in Italian cuisine has become a popular dish among people all around the world. Pasta which is made by using wheat dough, eggs, water and vegetables are available in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Among the different types of pastas, fusilli, gnocchi, spaghetti, lasagna, and macaroni are the most popular ones. Though it has been a practice to add different types of vegetables, sausages, and meat to the pasta, the dish is not complete without sauce. Though ready-made pasta sauces are available in the market nowadays, they can never beat the taste that one gets from homemade tomato sauce. Hence, let us take a look at the ways to make this pasta sauce for kids as well for adults.
To make this sauce from scratch, the most important thing you need is fresh and juicy tomatoes. When you shop for tomatoes, pick the ones that are small but plum. Once you get good tomatoes, remove the skin and take out the seeds before starting the process.
Basic Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • Fresh tomatoes (peeled, seeded, and chopped), 1¾ pound
  • Medium-sized onion finely chopped, ½
  • Tomato paste, 1 teaspoon
  • Small celery stalk, finely chopped
  • Dried basil, ½ teaspoon
  • Small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and black pepper, as per taste

Take olive oil in a large saucepan and place it on a medium flame. When it becomes hot, put in the carrot, onion, parsley, and celery into it and stir till all the ingredients are coated in oil. Once this is done, close the saucepan with a lid and let it cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes. However, remember to stir frequently with a spatula. When these ingredients become tender, add minced garlic and stir. Cook on a medium flame for thirty seconds and then put in the tomatoes along with the juice. This should be followed by tomato paste, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir till these ingredients to mix them well, and then cook on a low heat for 15 minutes. Do not cover the saucepan and take it off the flame when the sauce thickens. Mix this fresh sauce with your favorite pasta and enjoy.
Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
  • Tomatoes, 8 quarts
  • Basil, 1½ tablespoons
  • 10 onions, chopped coarsely
  • Sugar, 4 ounces
  • Italian seasoning, 3 teaspoons
  • Oregano, 3 teaspoons
  • 1 green pepper, chopped coarsely
  • Bay leaves, 5
  • Mushrooms, sliced, 32 ounces
  • Red pepper, crushed, ⅛ teaspoon
  • Salt, 2 tablespoons
  • Tomato paste, 18 ounces
  • Large garlic cloves, pressed, 2
  • Celery stalks, chopped coarsely, 3

In a blender, take tomatoes, half of the chopped onion, green pepper, and celery. Blend all the ingredients till you achieve the desired chunkiness. For instance, if you want to have some of the pieces in your sauce, you do not have to blend much. On the other hand, if you want a smooth sauce, you will have to blend the ingredients for a long time. Take these blended vegetables in a large pot and cook on a medium to low heat. Put in the tomato paste, spices, remaining onions, and mushrooms in the pot and cook for at least 2-3 hours,according to the consistency you need. Once this is done, remove the bay leaves. Store the sauce in air-tight containers and freeze. This basil tomato pasta sauce goes well with spaghetti.
Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained, 1 can
  • Heavy cream, 4 ounces
  • White sugar, ¾ teaspoon
  • Onion, diced
  • Salt, ¼ teaspoon
  • Butter, 3 teaspoons
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Dried basil leaves, 3 teaspoons
  • Ground black pepper, ⅛ teaspoon
  • Dried oregano, ¼ teaspoon
  • Garlic, minced, 1 clove

Heat olive oil in a large skillet and fry onion and garlic in it. Stir on medium to low flame so that it doesn't burn. Once the onions become transparent, put in tomatoes, oregano, basil, pepper, sugar, and salt into the pan. Stir the sauce and cook on a medium to high heat. When it starts boiling, let it cook on medium flame for some time till the liquid evaporates. Add butter and whipped cream to the sauce and allow it to cook on a low heat for 5-7 minutes more.
So, if you are planning to make pasta for dinner, instead of using the tomato pasta sauce that you have bought from the market, try making one of these recipes. I am sure the homemade sauce will be a great hit not only among adults, but with little kids too.