This is the jist of the recipe I use to make our homemade all-purpose pasta sauce. We use it as the base of so many things in our home. I tried to take note of what I did the last time I made it. Usually I just have a little note of the main ingredients and throw in this and that, depending on what we have on hand at the time. My culinary skills must be improving a bit, as not long ago I would have had to have had every little step written down or I’d be lost! So this turns out a little different every time, which is nice!
These are the ingredients we use for our all-purpose pasta sauce
- 4 Tins of chopped tomatoes
- 75ml Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 TBSP Dried mixed herbs
- 1tsp Cumin
- 1tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Pepper to taste
- Couple shakes of Tabasco sauce
- A sprinkle of dried chili peppers
- 2 Onions, diced
- 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Carrot,, thinly sliced or grated, depending on your preference (or if you’re attempting to ‘hide’ them from fussy eaters)
- 1 Zucchini/courgette, same prep as the carrots
- Bell peppers, diced
- Mushrooms, sliced
- Ground beef, already cooked and the fat drained off
My way of preparing this pasta sauce
My method is very easy, just throw all of the main ingredients into a pan or pot and heat until bubbly, then lower the heat to simmer until the veggies are cooked!
If you use any of the additional ingredients, throw them in at the same time as well.
Have a little taste and see if any ingredients need a little adjustment, a little extra balsamic vinegar or a little more chilli, etc.
This sauce freezes great in containers or freezer bags. You may want to write the type of sauce on it-basic/meat/extra veg, so you know what you are taking out later.
This sauce works well on pasta, of course, as well as a pizza sauce, baked potato topping, a soup base, mixed in with rice, as well as many other uses. Keep up with us and you’ll be sure to see it making a guest appearance now and again!
Perhaps you’d like some Welsh Rarebit (cheese toast with a twist) to go with your meal? It would make a lovely accompaniment.