Last year I canned tomatoes for the first time. This year I decided to tackle tomato sauce. But, if you’ve learned anything about me, it’s that l like things to be as easy as possible in the kitchen! So, when people were telling me that I needed to blanch tomatoes, take the skins off, deleted them, roast them with lots of seasonings, and other things, I thought…surely this has to be easier.
Of all the produce that our garden has produced this year, our tomatoes are some of the best. Big, firm, and standing tall! They may have been slow to turn, but I’ve been patient as I knew this would be worth it in the end when I have homemade tomato sauce this winter! I’ve discovered that the older I get, the more joy I get in preserving our food through freezing and canning for use later.
Thanks to my friend Jenny over at In the Kitchen with Jenny and my other friend Mary, over at a Natrual Soul, I talked through things and did indeed find that it could be easier! So, between these friends and my Instant Pot, I now make what I’d like to consider is the worlds easiest tomato sauce.
- 1 Onion
- Minced Garlic
- ¼ c water
- olive oil
- Place the trivet in the bottom of your instant pot and pour the water in the bottom.
- Fill the pot with the tomatoes, washed and whole, along with the onion that has been cut into quarters!
- Drizzle olive oil over all and season liberally with salt and pepper.
- Place the lid on with the valve set to steam and turn on to manual for 5 minutes.
- Once done, do a quick release.
- Drain all the juices from the tomatoes and onions and place in a blender and blend until smooth!
- Can or freeze.
- There aren’t a lot of measurements on this recipe because it is a lot up to the cook! Some batches I put more onions in, sometimes it was more garlic!
- 1/4 cup of water may not seem like a lot, but the tomatoes produce so much of their own juices that you don’t need any more!
- No, I don’t remove the skins or seeds! The seeds don’t bother us and I believe the skins add a thicker texture!
- Yes, it really is that easy! I have a large drawer full of tomato sauce ready for the winter thanks to this recipe and my mom (who does my canning)!
I hope you find this recipe helpful and as easy as I did! Enjoy tomato sauce year round!
Other tomato sauce recipes from Iowa Bloggers:
Healthy Roasted Tomato Sauce from Farm Girl Cook’n
Easy, Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce from Simplify, Live, Love
Traditional Slow Cooker Sunday Red Sauce from Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats