For the first time in my life, I made my own pasta sauce tonight.
I have no idea why I waited so long. It was so easy.
And it’s definitely much more delicious than any of the jarred sauce I’ve been getting.
Plus, it’s way cheaper.
Before I got started, I put a call out on the Facebook page for readers to share their favorite pasta sauce recipes. I got lots of feedback and lots of variations, but most of them had the same basic 6 ingredients:
- olive oil
People also suggested using tomato paste, sugar, nutmeg, ground beef, sausage, plum tomatoes, and a few other things.
Since this was my first try, I went fairly basic, and I used the following 7 ingredients that I happened to have in my pantry:
- 1 1/2 big ass 105 ounce cans crushed tomatoes from Costco
- olive oil
- appx 2 tbs Italian seasoning
- 2 onions (diced)
- 6 cloves garlic (minced)
- appx 2 tbs salt
- appx 4 tbs sugar
Now I’m a wing-it kind of girl in the kitchen, so I didn’t really do much measuring.
Here’s what I did:
- Pureed crushed tomatoes in food processor because “chunks” of stuff in food doesn’t always go over well with the kids.
- Sauteed onions and garlic in olive oil in stock pot until onions were translucent.
- Added in tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, sugar, nutmeg.
- Simmered for a couple hours, tasting way more often than necessary because it was really freaking good.
- That gave me five 28-ounce jars of sauce.
I poured the sauce into jars really just to see how much I actually made. Tomorrow I’m going to make lasagna and meatballs, and I’ll use up three of those jars.
I don’t do the canning thing (yet), so I poured the other two into a gallon Ziplock bag and I will freeze it to use later.
It took approximately 10 minutes of active prep time to make this. Not bad at all.
I went back and crunched some numbers.
I spent $5.30 to make 140 ounces of sauce.
That works out to $.037/ounce.
I compared this cost to what is the cheapest jarred sauce at the grocery stores near me.
ShopRite has one on sale (Francesco Rinaldi) for $.054/ounce.
The Big Y has another (World Classics) on sale for $.083/ounce.
Costco’s cheapest jarred sauce (Ragu) is $.054/ounce.
So even if I bought the cheapest sauce at Costco or Shoprite , 140 ounces would cost me $7.56.
My 140 ounces of homemade sauce cost me $5.30, so I saved $2.26, which is significant, especially for how easy it was to make!
If you haven’t tried making your own sauce yet, give it a try. You won’t regret it. It’s tastier, it’s healthier, and it’s cheaper.
It’s a no brainer!