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Simple Canned Tomato Sauce

Simple Canned Tomato Sauce

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If you read all the ingredients on your favorite store-bought pasta sauce, you might be in for a surprise. Most of the items on our label, I couldn’t pronounce. So, it was time to make our own canned tomato sauce to use for pasta dishes and pizza toppings!

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It really isn’t rocket science here – I took two cookie sheets (with edges) of garden tomatoes and cut out the stems. I drizzled them with olive oil, Italian Seasoning and fresh diced garlic. Then I popped them in a 350* oven for about 30 minutes.

BOY, did the place smell amazing!

I removed them from the oven, added a few fresh basil leaves and popped them into my handy dandy Blendtech blender and gave it a spin. I personally like my sauce a little thin so I REALLY blended it. I add Italian Sausage when cooking for pasta and a can of petite diced tomatoes — but that is a story for another day.

Into my quart jars it went and a quick water bath to keep my family safe.  40 minutes on a rolling boil and my two pans of tomatoes turned into 10 quarts of yummy canned tomato sauce for the winter.

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Was it rocket science? No. Does it take exact measurements? No. Is it better than what is in the store?
Yes – I know it has tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and Italian Seasoning. Five things that I can pronounce –

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