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Garden Tomato Sauce

Garden Tomato Sauce – Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty.
Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist It’s my favorite time of year.

And you all know I love seasonal cooking. My tomato plants are bursting with plump, ruby, luscious fruit. Once a year I pluck off the fruit from my Roma plant and turn them all into sauce. My yield varies depending on how many tomatoes I get. This year I had 3 pounds and ended up with about 5 cups of sauce, which is enough for two dinners or one big party or a really hungry me.

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Red sauce is my comfort food. Some people need chocolate (my back-up comfort food) and others need ice cream, but for me, it’s red sauce. The downside to my comfort food; it’s über messy. My stove, the backsplash, the counters, the floor, and I all end up speckled red. Everything cleans up fairly easily usually, except for my clothes, unless I rely on my trusted friend – Shout®Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist Now I am sure you’re saying “don’t you own an apron?” The answer to that is yes, I own several. But I forget half the time to put one on. And half the time I am wearing white because white is best for photographing my creations, and I don’t have a Fear of white, as one in three Americans will avoid wearing white because of stains. Luckily for me, I have Shout® to help with my little messes.

I have relied on Shout®  for all my normal stains, but dealing with my love of sriracha and deeper love of red sauce, I use  Shout® Advanced Gel. The package says for best results, let the gel sit on the garment for 24-hours, which honestly is quite perfect for me and my overall dislike of doing laundry. I’ve never been a fan of doing laundry, but since Elizabeth came along, I have Twice as much to wash-and that’s not because she’s another person in the house but because she wears at least two outfits each day. Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist

I don’t always make this big of a mess with red sauce, it usually is a bit worse when I use fresh from the garden tomatoes because of the few extra steps necessary to turn them into garden tomato sauce. But as long as I have Shout®, I am alright with the messes I make, and really, fresh from the garden tomato sauce it utterly worth making a mess for.
Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist

Garden Tomato Sauce

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Roma tomatoes
  • 3 ribs celery; roughly chopped
  • 1 large/2 medium onions; roughly chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves; roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt; divided 1/1.5
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

Blanching Tomatoes

  1. Slice an X in the bottom of each tomato.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  3. Place the tomatoes in the pot and allow the water to return to a boil.
  4. Once the water has resumed boiling, cook tomatoes for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Remove each tomato and plunge into an ice bath.
  6. Once the tomatoes have cooled to touch, remove the skins and core.

Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pot or French oven.
  2. Cook the onions, garlic, 1 tsp salt, and celery until soft; about 10 minutes
  3. Once the vegetables are soft, add the tomatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes, breaking them up.
  4. Transfer the vegetables to a food processor and puree until smooth.
  5. Return to the sauce to the pot and add the herbs, remaining salt, water, and tomato paste.
  6. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  7. If using Parmesan cheese, stir it in until well blended.
  8. Reduce to low and simmer for an hour.
  9. Serve and Enjoy or portion out, allow to completely cool, and freeze for up to one month.

Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist As you can see, after making one rather quick batch of garden tomato sauce and being careless by not wearing an apron, I have a few stains to deal with. The splattering portion of cooking happens quickly and then it’s over. The second I got the sauce on to just simmer, I ran to the laundry closet and pulled out the Shout® Advanced Gel and got my shirt treated. I really worked the gel into the stain, then as I mentioned, I let it sit over night and went back to tend to my dish.

The next day when I washed the shirt, then before I tossed it in the dryer I pulled it out, holding my breath because we all know it could have very easily have been ruined. But it wasn’t. It was back to being sparkly white. Score one for Shout® Advanced Gel.Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist

Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Garden Tomato Sauce - Fresh from the garden tomatoes turned into to delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. Perfect for your summer bounty ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Marye
    September 4, 2015 at 5:56 am

    There is nothing like fresh made tomato sauce! This sounds so good!

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      There really isn’t. Thanks Marye.

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 4, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Red sauce is totally comfort food- I’m one of those weird people who love extra sauce on my pizza!

    Okay now I really want a big pot of this and call it soup.

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      You’re in good company. It is my comfort food and I can just sit and eat it with a spoon, nothing else is needed.

  • Amy Stafford
    September 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

    There is nothing better than homemade tomato sauce! I love using up my year end garden tomatoes to make sauce, canning it to enjoy thorughout winter.

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Perfect way to use them up!

  • Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
    September 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I hate when I get red sauce stains! They are the worst! I have used shout before and I really like the wipes. I love your sauce recipe!

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you Chandra, those wipes are really handy.

  • heather @french press
    September 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I have at least 25 aprons (my MIL makes them for a living) and I NEVER wear one, so I stain pretty much everything I cook in 🙂 I NEED shoutbig time

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      I love that I am not alone in my non-apron wearing ways. I have decided to just have “cooking clothes.”

  • christine
    September 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I NEVER wear an apron either. The sauce sounds wonderful. Nothing beats a fresh from the garden sauce.

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      It’s right heavenly for me.

  • Sara @ Bitz & Giggles
    September 4, 2015 at 10:54 am

    You ARE ambitious! My red sauce comes out of a bottle. LOL I also don’t own an apron which is why my laundry room is stocked with Shout as well. It really does take out tomato stain!

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      I only make fresh from tomato sauce once or twice a year, otherwise, It’s all a concoction of various tomato products.

  • Derek @ Dad With A Pan
    September 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This sauce looks amazing! Love the use of fresh tomatoes!

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      They are fun to work with.

  • Lindsay
    September 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    This looks delicious. I’ll try it next time I make pasta! Thanks!

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Hope you enjoy it.

  • Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    September 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This tomato sauce looks super delicious and it has the perfect texture. Love all the spices you added, sounds tasty! I use Shout as well to treat spots on my clothes! It’s works like a charm! It’s amazing how white that shirt looks! Love the Shout gel!

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      The gel has been pretty great.

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout
    September 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    This sauce looks PERFECT! I keep the Shout Wipe and Go sheets in my purse – lifesavers!

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Yes they are. They are also how my daughter gives her stuffed animals “baths”–although I am not sure if they are intended for that.

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    September 4, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Nothing beats a homemade tomato sauce. This looks fantastic! I remember one time I was making spaghetti sauce while pregnant and I was squeezing some tomato paste from a tube into the sauce and it squirted on to my belly bounced off and left NO spot. I was amazed. 🙂

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Wow, that is impressive.

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    September 4, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Even if I’m baking for 10 hours straight, I forget to put on an apron. So I’m totally with you there!

    Those Shout wipes sound awesome! I’m totally going to look for them.

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      They are great to just keep handy in your bag.

  • Lora @cakeduchess
    September 5, 2015 at 4:27 am

    The tomatoes have been so sweet and wonderful around here recently…I even had a chance to can some. Your tomato sauce looks wonderful!

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you Lora.

  • Healing Tomato
    September 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I LOOOVE tomatoes but they sure can be messy. So happy to hear that Shout can take out the stains.

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      You love tomatoes??? What?? 😉

      • Healing Tomato
        September 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

        Yes, I know it comes as a shock to many. 🙂

  • Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert
    September 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This tomato sauce looks AMAZING! I love the use of fresh instead of canned! YUM! And we also love Shout! 😉

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Canned is my day to day method, but this is my annual fresh from the garden event. I love this time of year.

  • Joy @ Joy Love Food
    September 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Nothing is better than fresh tomatoes and tomato sauce, your version sounds wonderful! And thank goodness for Shout, with three little kids, I use it daily!

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      I bet you do! 3x’s the mess.

  • Ashleigh
    September 6, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Michelle
      September 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Ashleigh.

  • Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    September 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Boy if that shout can get out those stains, I need to go get some today! As much as I cook, I have similar issues…not that I’m sloppy it’s just that things happen! 😀

    • Michelle
      September 8, 2015 at 12:15 am

      You can never tell when during simmering one of those bubbles is going to erupt massively.

  • Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    September 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I so need this in my house. My daughter came home with watermelon on her new white sweatshirt.

    • Michelle
      September 8, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Shout will take it out.