Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce

A friend of mine invited me to go to a local church that has a food bank every Saturday. For $10, we got about 60 pounds of fresh produce that otherwise would have been thrown away by grocery stores for not being 'pretty' enough. Food waste is a pet peeve of mine, and this allowed to me get a lot of food for a very good price. We ended up getting butternut squash, zucchini, bell peppers and a huge box of heirloom tomatoes. Not wanting to allow any of the tomatoes to go to waste, I immediately pulled out my slow cooker and made a simple homemade tomato sauce. Since some of the tomatoes were very light in color, my sauce ended up being pretty light, but it was full of delicious flavors found in traditional pasta sauce. 

2 pounds tomatoes, quartered

4 cloves of garlic, finely diced

1/2 tablespoon dried oregano

1/2 tablespoon dried basil

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

This was only about a quarter of the tomatoes we brought home, we really got a good haul out of that our trek to the church

This was only about a quarter of the tomatoes we brought home, we really got a good haul out of that our trek to the church

Remove the stems from the tomatoes and cut into quarters. Place the tomatoes in to the slow cookers and add all of the spices and garlic. Add 1/2 cup of water, place the lid on tightly and set the time for 7 hours. 

Once the cooking has been completed, grab a potato masher and mash the tomatoes until you reach your desired texture. Or, you can use an immersion blender to blend to be very smooth. This would go great over pasta, or with roasted chicken. Enjoy!

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