Waste-Free Pasta Sauce

Level of difficulty: WAY EASY!

In fact, I made this pasta sauce in 35 minutes while on a conference call with colleagues. I was able to whip up this yummy sauce AND listen in on the call– so clearly, it is not too difficult. The “recipe” below may frustrate most people. When I cook, I just kind of throw things together. Sometimes I might start with a recipe to get an idea, but I am constantly adapting and improvising. Be easy. Be flexible, and give waste-free pasta sauce a try! Create your own recipe! I’d imagine tomato sauce is pretty hard to mess up (since I didn’t). 🙂

Here is what I used:

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  • Some tomatoes (ha! I just piled some in a bag at the store. I think it was about 8-12 Romas)
  • 2 smaller-ish yellow onions (chopped)
  • Some sprouted garlic (chopped)
  • Teaspoon Salt
  • Tablespoon sugar
  • Handful of fresh basil from patio (chopped)
  • Some dried Rosemary, and Parsley
  • Some pepper
  • Olive oil

Here is what I did:

  1. saute garlic and onions in some olive oil
  2. add roughly chopped tomatoes + everything else
  3. brought to a boil and then simmered for 20 minutes, stirring absent-mindedly

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4. blended stewy tomatoes in small batches until sauce was smooth

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5. poured over some penne and then topped with some left over cheese we hand on hand

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6. enjoy with red wine and follow with sleep (I climbed in bed directly after around 7:40PM). Because grad school is hard and you just made F*CKING pasta sauce from scratch. Because the environment! And you deserve it!

7. Don’t forget to put the leftovers in a jar. Because…jars!

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Improvements: 

  • Simmer 1-2 hours total, instead of 20 minutes.
  • Try different herbs and different varieties of tomatoes.

I used what was on sale– Roma Tomatoes @ $0.69/lb

  • Try adding roasted peppers, when on hand and with extra time
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