At the end of summer the garden exploded with tomatoes. Let’s be honest, there are only so many caprese salads you can eat before saying enough is enough, I have to do something with all these tomatoes! So I decided to make my own marinara sauce and jar it for the winter (this is a first). Surprisingly, it wasn’t too difficult! Time consuming, yes, difficult, no. In this recipe you will learn to blanch tomatoes, make your own sauce, and trust your taste buds! This last part is extremely important. The base for the sauce is simple… tomatoes, evoo, garlic, and salt, but the seasoning is all up to you!
Homemade Tomato Sauce
Yields: 24 ounces
- 18-20 plum tomatoes (any medium/large tomatoes will do)
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves
- Bring a large pot to a boil.
- Prepare a large bowl filled with cold water and ice.
- Cut a small x into the bottom of the tomatoes (this will make it easy to peel the skin later).
- Place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 30 seconds or until the skin breaks (you will see some peeling).
- Remove tomatoes from the boiling water and immediately place in the ice bath.
- After about 5 minutes the tomatoes will be cool enough for peeling, removing the seeds, and dicing.
- Peel, seed, and dice the tomatoes. You can blend the tomatoes if you do not want a chunky sauce.
- In a sauce pan over medium heat add tomatoes, evoo, garlic, and salt.
- Allow sauce to boil for about 10 min. Keep a close eye on it and stir occasionally. You do not want a rapid boil. Boil for longer if you want a thicker sauce.
- Once you have reached the desired consistency (remember it will thicken slightly in the jar), add your spices. I added freshly chopped basil, rosemary, parsley, oregano, and pepper. Your best tool in this step are your taste buds!
- When you’re ready to jar, discard garlic cloves and ladle the sauce into the jar.*
*Tip for jarring: Make sure you place the jar and its lid in boiling water for a few minutes before jarring the sauce. See link here. This woman’s voice sounds like Phyllis from The Office.
Source: The Silver Spoon