Tips To Serve Pasta Sauce Recipe With Passata Quick

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Pasta sauce is a staple in many kitchens, offering a quick and delicious way to elevate a simple pasta dish. But forget about sugary, overly processed jarred sauces! This recipe utilizes passata, a smooth, unseasoned tomato puree, creating a fresh, flavorful sauce that’s perfect for any night of the week.

Why Passata?

Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce - Hungry Healthy Happy
Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce – Hungry Healthy Happy

Passata is essentially strained whole tomatoes, offering a vibrant red color and a naturally sweet tomato flavor. Unlike jarred sauces, it’s free from unnecessary additives and sugars, allowing you to control the seasoning for a healthier and more customizable experience.

This recipe provides a basic framework, but feel free to experiment with additional ingredients to create your own signature sauce!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand (or 2 cups passata)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped (for garnish)

  • Instructions:

    1. Sauté the aromatics: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
    2. Enhance the flavor: Add the red bell pepper (if using) and oregano. Cook for another minute, allowing the flavors to meld.
    3. Spice it up: Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes, adjusting the amount based on your desired level of heat.
    4. Introduce the tomatoes: Pour in the crushed tomatoes (or passata) and vegetable broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
    5. Simmer and thicken: Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. As the sauce simmers, it will thicken and develop a richer flavor.
    6. Boost the umami: Stir in the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue simmering for another 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to further develop.
    7. Serve and enjoy! Remove the pot from heat and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve your delicious homemade passata sauce over your favorite pasta, garnished with fresh chopped basil.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4-6 servings. Here’s a rough estimate of the nutritional content per serving:

    Calories: 200-250

  • Fat: 8-10 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 25-30 grams
  • Protein: 5-7 grams
  • Sodium: Varies depending on added salt

  • Please note: This is just an approximation, and the actual nutritional content can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and portion sizes.

    Conclusion

    This homemade passata pasta sauce is a simple yet flavorful recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Packed with fresh ingredients and customizable to your taste preferences, it’s a healthier alternative to store-bought sauces and a fantastic way to elevate your pasta dinners.

    Now, let’s address some frequently asked questions:

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use a different type of tomato product?

    Yes! While passata offers a smooth, unseasoned base, you can substitute crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, or even fire-roasted tomatoes (for a smokier flavor). Just be aware that the texture and flavor may vary slightly.

    2. How can I make this recipe vegetarian?

    Simply omit the red pepper flakes! Additionally, you can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth if desired.

    3. What can I add to this sauce for extra flavor?

    Feel free to get creative! Here are some ideas:

    Chopped mushrooms

  • Italian sausage or ground beef (browned beforehand)
  • Fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary
  • A splash of red wine
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes for extra heat

  • 4. How can I store leftover sauce?

    Let the sauce cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can freeze leftover sauce for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.