I love vegetables, that’s why this is my favorite time of year, I get to plant all my favorites and eat them as soon as I can. It’s also why I love farmer’s markets.
I also love pasta and by extension, pasta sauce. My sister and I don’t really agree on the sauce, though. She likes one brand and I like the other. So, I decided to make my own, no sense in buying two different brands.
We went to the City Market in Kansas City last weekend, making it a girl’s morning out. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid. I love that place, so much stuff in one spot!
I bought a bunch of peppers and tomatoes and other veggies and then shoved them in the fridge until I figured out that I was going to make this from them.
I rarely use recipes when I cook. I usually just throw crap together that sounds good and see how it turns out. That’s pretty much what happened here. I know what usually goes in pasta sauce, so that’s what I did. Mom has a Ninja cutter thing…a blender I guess. I used that to chop all the veggies up.
This made 3 pints of sauce. I water bathed it for 15 minutes. Even my mom thinks it tastes good, and that is a bonus. 🙂
3 stalks of celery
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
1 or 2 carrots
1 medium zucchini
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 cans of tomato sauce
Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
Dice all the vegetables. Mine were a little juicy, so I had to drain the juice as well. Sautee all veggies in a large saucepan or deep skillet over medium heat.
When vegetables are soft, add in tomato sauce. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer sauce for 45 minutes stirring often. Add all seasonings to taste. I don’t like a sweet sauce, so I only added a tablespoon of sugar.
You can use immediately, or can this sauce.