Ripe tomatoes are too good this time of year, so it’s a fabulous time to make fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce. My kids love pasta for dinner, and I feel great giving them a homemade sauce filled with no preservatives, sodium or additives. Two out of three of my children will eat raw tomatoes, but all three of them will devour this. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a carotenoid associated with tomatoes’ red color. Lycopene is full of antioxidants which are wonderful for bone health, protection against heart disease, inflammation and cancers. Tomatoes are also a great source of potassium, folic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, so dig in!
Homemade Tomato Sauce
5 ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1. Bring large saucepan or Dutch oven with water to a boil (but have a large bowl of iced water ready set aside). Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel, 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop three tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes; set aside.
2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften, 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, red pepper and Italian seasoning, Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer over low heat 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta.