Being that John Paul and I are both Italian, we love making homemade sauce!
This sauce would pair perfectly with my turkey meatball recipe!
Our homemade italian sauce is our take on a classic that we have mastered after all of these years of tweaking!
John Paul is 100% Italian and I am 50% Italian and ever since we started dating, we have enjoyed cooking together! We have so much fun trying out new recipes and creating recipes of our own!
This italian sauce is a homemade recipe that we have been perfecting for some time and we think we finally have it down!
HOMEMADE ITALIAN SAUCE INGREDIENTS
2 16oz cans of whole tomatoes (you can use crushed tomatoes, if you want, we just think the whole tomatoes give a more fresh taste!)
3 oz of tomato paste
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs olive oil
2 tbs salt (divided)
2 tbs black pepper (divided)
1 tbs onion powder
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs dried basil
1 tbs dried oregano
1 1/2 tbs sugar
2 tbs grated parmesan cheese
In a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium, then add the onion, garlic, 1/2 tbs salt and 1/2 tbs pepper
Saute the onions and garlic until translucent (about 2-3 mins) and softened
Add the tomato paste and coat the onions and garlic, cooking for about 1 minute
Add in the whole tomatoes and the remaining seasonings, stir to combine
Turn the heat down to simmer and cook for 30 minutes
After 30 minutes, using a potato masher, start to break up the whole tomatoes (if using crushed tomatoes, you can skip this step)
Allow to simmer for another 30 minutes to an hour (the longer the better, we will even let it simmer for longer if we have time!)
When simmering is complete, use an immersion blender to breakdown the tomatoes even further (if you like a chunkier sauce or you are using crushed tomatoes, you can skip this step!)
Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper, if needed
We love making this sauce on Sundays and then freezing it to use when we need it. It freezes really well in an airtight container. To reheat, put it in a pot and allow to heat through.
This sauce is great with pasta, zoodles, pizza, chicken parm, eggplant parm, etc! We don’t eat much pasta here, but we love having zoodles or spaghetti squash and then adding some ground turkey or sausage to the sauce to make a nice bolognese type sauce.
It’s such an easy recipe and we are so excited to be able to share it with you now that we have perfected it! We hope you love it as much as we do!
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