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I have recently been working on stockpiling meals in my freezer. I spent one evening last week, and two hours of time, preparing a whole weeks worth of slow cooker dinners. I also made a huge batch of this pasta sauce recipe and promptly froze several portions for lunches and quick weeknight meals. Scroll down now to see my pasta sauce recipe.
pasta sauce recipe
A delicious pasta sauce that is full of nutrition and ideal with all pasta types or as the base of a pizza.
- 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
- 400 g carrots
- 200 g celery
- 400 g onions
- 350 g cherry tomatoes substitute with tinned tomatoes if on a budget
- 500 ml passata
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 40 g fresh basil or 2 tablespoons of dried
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 litre beef stock vegetable stock if wanting to make this vegetarian
Peel, wash and chop up the carrots, celery and onions. Smaller will cook quicker, but you'll be blending anyway so it doesn't matter.
Sauté the vegetables in the vegetable oil and season with salt & pepper.
Once the vegetables have been cooked for a few minutes, and the onions are beginning to turn translucent, add in the rest of the ingredients. I add the cherry tomatoes, passata, garlic and basil first. I then add the tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce after a few minutes. Before finally adding the beef stock, slowly, while combining.
Bring the mixture to the boil and allow to simmer for 45 minutes.
Once it has simmered thoroughly leave it to cool slightly. Once it has cooled slightly you can use a stick blender to get this blended.
You may want to blend in small portions but I use a large pot, cover it with a large cloth and just go for it! It only takes 1-2 minutes to blend it.
I chose to freeze my pasta sauce recipe in 500ml portions. These are sufficient for a family of 3, at least, and we got a couple of litres of sauce. If you want to make this go a little further then add some more stock, or water.
This pasta sauce can be used as it is, as the base of a spaghetti bolognese or even as a pizza topping if you simmer it down a little further in a small portion.
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