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Pasta Sauce

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Recipes
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The first pasta sauce that I ever made was from Emeril Lagasse. I used his recipe as a backdrop for my sauce. I moved away from the spicy and moved toward a more traditional Italian type of sauce. We hope you like our healthy version of pasta sauce. This makes a large batch of sauce if you don’t want to make this much you can cut the recipe in half or even into thirds. You can freeze the leftovers, this batch usually makes enough for 6-8 meals.


 3 medium to large onions (chopped)

1 large package of sliced mushrooms

 1 cup of fresh chopped basil

 1 tbsp. Salt

 1 tbsp ground black pepper

 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar

 6-8 crushed garlic cloves

 2 tbsp of Italian spices.

 1-2 tbsp of olive oil

 4 – 28oz cans of chopped tomatoes

 2 – 28oz cans of tomato puree

 2 – 4oz cans of tomato paste

We use the canned tomatoes with no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, just tomatoes.

In a large stock pot add olive oil and heat on med-high until olive oil is hot. Place onions in the pot and cook until soft. (about 6-8 min.) Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add half of your minced garlic and cook 1 more minute. I love the smell of this part, there is something about the onions and garlic cooking together.  It just smells awesome to me.

Add mushrooms and cook until soft (about 3-5 minutes)

Add salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, the rest of the garlic, Italian spices, half of the fresh basil and the 2 small cans of paste. Mix well and cook for about 2 min, stirring frequently.  It is easy to burn, at this stage, if you don’t stir constantly.

Mix well. It should turn into a thick paste. The smell is great here, as well!

Add 4 cans of chopped tomatoes and the 2 cans of puree.

Bring to a boil and add the rest of the fresh basil.

Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy.

This makes a large batch of sauce so this can be divided into containers and placed in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

We use Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta it is the lowest calorie pasta that we can find.

Shown here with our turkey meatballs. (Recipe coming soon).

We hope you enjoy our pasta sauce recipe. This one is one of my favorites. That Italian food smell in the kitchen is the best.


Donna and Matt