Recipe: Homemade Pasta Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Dinner
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Serves: about 5
  • Extra virgin olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of your pan. I used a huge pan, so I used a lot of olive oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil, chopped (I used dried, but fresh is so much better)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped (I used fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped (I used fresh)
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes, pureed or not*
  • ½ cup red wine (I used Pinot Noir) (Also, I did not measure this. I just poured. If you like more or less, go crazy. But don't omit this. The red wine adds a fantastic layer of flavor.)
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Warm the oil in a pan, toss in garlic and stir until fragrant, being careful not to burn it, about one minute.I also threw in the basil here because it was dry and I wanted to flavor the oil. But if you use fresh, throw it in at the end. If you are using all dry herbs, then throw them all in here.
  2. Stir in tomatoes (*I pureed them for about 2 seconds in the blender before I poured them in because my kids pick out every tomato chunk. Drives me nuts, the kids and the picking out of the chunks. If you like chunks, don’t puree.)
  3. Stir in red wine. Bring to a boil and and then simmer, uncovered, until it reduces a little (maybe 5 or 10 min)
  4. Add a dash of salt and a few grinds of pepper, and taste it. Yum! But wait, because the next step will be soooo good.
  5. Stir in goat cheese and fresh herbs. Taste again. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Marvel at your amazing invention.
  7. Take a picture and send it to your friends. Post it on social media venue of choice.
  8. Serve over pasta. I added mine right into a pot and stirred it up.
  9. Watch your family lick their plates.
  10. Scratch “pasta sauce” off your grocery list, because you probably don’t want to buy it after this.
Recipe by The Scoop on Balance at