The Quickest, Easiest Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Are you overworked, dead-tired due to serious sleep deprivation and surviving your days purely off caffeine? (*cough *cough are you a *cough student *cough) Well have I got the perfect recipe for you!

Okay, infomercial sales pitch done now.

In all seriousness, this has been my favourite pasta sauce to make as it is just so quick and so delicious. Also, it’s cheaper and healthier than buying pre-made sauce. It just checks all the boxes! Pasta-Sauce-1

I’m currently in full on school mode as I have one month of classes left until exams, and multiple massive projects to pull together. Just to fill you in, I’m currently in my second year of post-secondary studying Digital Design and Development. One of my projects to have finished is a mobile application I conceptualized during this past summer, pitched the idea in September and was chosen through a vote to actually become developed. I’ve been leading a team these past few months to design and develop the application and so far it has gone very well.

Begin tech talk:

If any of you know anything about developing mobile applications then you will know you have to host a database on the web. We are using mySQL and our web domain to do so, but as learning students we really don’t have much of a clue what we are doing so when teachers aren’t there youtube tutorials have been a godsend. Our front end looks fabulous due to our fantastic HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript skillzzz, our database is created, now we just have to connect the two, fulfill the project requirements with some API integration and transfer our code to our phones using PhoneGap or IntelXDK. Easy and quick, right? Suuureeee…

Tech talk complete.

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Back to understandable food chat now, this pasta sauce is much easier than developing an application. It’s also perfect to make inbetween long homework and coding sessions though, or after work where you get home at 5:30 and have to have the dishes done and be at that thing by 7:00.

Another great advantage to this sauce is that if you want to cook it for longer and let the flavours mingle further, you totally can! It can also be the slowest pasta sauce ever if you want. So versatile, I know. What a recipe, right?

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THE QUICKEST, EASIEST HOMEMADE PASTA SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, grated finely
  • 1 28oz can unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt (+ more depending on your preferred taste)
  • pepper to taste

In a pan set over medium heat, melt butter, add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent (about 7 minutes). Add in grated carrot and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in diced tomatoes, oregano and basil and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes (or longer if you have the time!).

Transfer sauce to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Return to your pan, stir in salt and pepper and reheat on low.

Serve over your favourite kind of pasta and enjoy! 

My favourite way to serve this is over whole wheat pasta with roasted vegetables, romano cheese and a simple side of greens.

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