Make-Ahead Homemade Pasta Sauce
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This homemade red sauce is simple to make, packed with flavor, and less than half the cost of store-bought versions. Use it on pizza, pasta, as a dipping sauce, and more!
Serves: 18 cups
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (28 oz) cans tomato purée (or 1 large 106 oz can)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp each: oregano, basil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage links (optional)
  • water or beef broth (as much as needed to thin; I use 3 cups water)
  1. In a large (8-quart) stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomato purée, salt, oregano, basil, and sausage. Stir in water to reach your desired consistency. (If you are not using sausage, stir in beef broth in place of water.) Simmer 1-2 hours.
  3. Remove the sausage links from the pot with a slotted spoon (set aside to use in another meal or freeze for later). Allow the sauce to cool completely before transferring to freezer bags or jars.
This recipe makes approximately six 3-cup portions (depending on how much liquid you add).
Recipe by Simple Saver Wife at