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Homemade Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 fresh baby carrots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked pasta

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and carrots in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Add the tomatoes, broth, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with pasta.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 114 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 839mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 6g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews

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  • GayleP
    Feb 18, 2015

    I am 100% Italian and all my family uses canned tomatoes, sauce, or paste and

    1/2 of us use carrots in our sauce. Even my 2 grandmothers and aunt from Italy

    used canned.

  • HJMama
    Feb 18, 2015

    Who cares if it's "authentic" Italian sauce. Just make it & enjoy it. Fresh tomato is always preferred, but canned work well too. I'll bet if you looked, you'd find some authentic Italians who say this sauce is pretty good eating.

  • JeMAnov18
    Feb 18, 2015

    I haven't made this yet, but had to speak to the negative comments about canned items and carrots. Check out real Italian sauce recipes from Lydia Bastiannich and Biba Gagliano. They both use canned tomatoes and carrots, along with onions and celery in their sauce recipes. Even Italians have to use canned tomatoes and the best ones are San Marzano only sold in cans.

  • KatyDid2010
    Apr 26, 2012

    I ended up using all oregano instead of 1/2 oregano 1/2 basil because I was out of basil but it was really really good. The spices in it are strong but it tasted really good on angel hair pasta.

  • sawyer5
    Aug 2, 2010

    I made this sauce because I had everything on hand to make it and I was not dissappointed--it was very good. My whole family enjoyed it and it made my house smell terrific!! I will make again Thanks TOH

  • zolagrif
    Aug 2, 2010

    I made this with fresh tomatoes (they are in season) and fresh peppers instead of carrots. also used fresh basil. We liked it a lot and plan to make it again!

  • zolagrif
    Aug 2, 2010

    I made this with fresh tomatoes (they are in season) and fresh peppers instead of carrots. also used fresh basil. We liked it a lot and plan to make it again!

  • doris a bunce
    Jul 27, 2010

    You can also use beets to sweeten the sauce

  • Nadette
    Jul 26, 2010

    The word Italian is not in the title, nor did the person who submitted the recipe claim that it is an Italian recipe. I have seen carrots included in several pasta sauce recipes over the years as a way to sweeten the sauce, expecially when the tomatoes are tart. Using a canned food in a recipe does not mean it is not homemade. Good tomatoes are not available during cold months in states which have short growing seasons. Grocery store tomatoes shipped in and artifically ripened are not the quality needed for a good tomato sauce. It is common to use canned tomatoes and even Italians use tomato paste. It is not pasta sauce until you make it. It most certainly is homemade!!!

  • LadyMacKeltar
    Jul 26, 2010

    Made it today and my husband and I liked it very much.

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