Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

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Having pasta in tomato sauce is one of my family favourite meal. I cook this many times and my kids just love it! I learn it from cooking show. After knowing the basic I modified a bit to suite my liking.

If you notice most of the recipes (especially western) call for canned tomatoes. Well here it seems using fresh tomatoes (local) is a lot cheaper. If you prefer bright tomato red you can use tomato paste as well.

I usually cook more as the sauce can be kept well. Divide the cooked sauce into each serving portion and keep in freezer. Bring down from freezer a day before. Heat up the sauce and pour on your favourite pasta. It is very convenient right ? Let me show you how I do it ^^

1 kg fresh tomatoes
1 onion
5 cloves garlic
2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp tomato sauce (or paste)
3-4 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying


1. Make a “cross” at the bottom of tomatoes. Bring a pot of water to boil. Place the tomatoes inside and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. Off the heat and remove the tomatoes. Peel out the skin and dice into cubes.

2. Dice the onion and garlic and set aside.

3. Heat up wok pour in oil. Add in diced onion, garlic, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Fry for few minutes till fragrant. Add in all the diced tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Then add in brown sugar, salt and pepper. Continue cook for another 10-15 minutes.
*Do adjust the amount of sugar as sometimes you might need more if the tomatoes are sour.

4. Lastly add in balsamic vinegar and oregano. Off the heat and leave to cool.

5. Discard the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves. With food processor blend the cooked sauce till fine paste. Serve on cooked pasta or divide into serving portions and freeze for later used. Enjoy!

After knowing how easy and simple it was do you consider make your own pasta sauce too ?


  1. I love making my own tomato sauce from scratch and I also freeze it off in batches so that I can pull it out whenever I want to use it for pasta or pizza or sometimes even soups. This sounds delicious and I love that you used fresh tomatoes! Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays...

  2. Hi Vivian,

    What a great effort making your homemade tomato sauce! Very impressive :D

    Just want to let you know that I really enjoy baking with you and appreciate a great baking friend like you. Here are many awards for you... http://bakeforhappykids.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/old-fashioned-raisin-bread-awards-and.html

    Hope to bake with you more in the future :D



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