Monday, September 23, 2013

Fresh San Marzano Tomato Pasta Sauce

Scott's Birthday was last week, and he likes to say that he is "60 and holding." Because he is a Foodie, he got a Norpro Sauce Master Food Strainer.  What else would a foodie want?  It turns out that our other neighbor, John,  that had a garden plot with 46 tomato plants, gave Scott a huge box of San Marzano Tomatoes. and Yes, he is feeding the city, lol. Scott was in Foodie heaven.  John also told Scott about his Food strainer for tomatoes, that forces the quartered tomatoes through the food screen, separating the skins and seeds in a turn of the strainer into  a separate bowl, with tomato pulp and juice going to another bowl.  In no time, we had a Dutch oven full of tomato pulp and juice. Amazing!
Even though Scott is "retired", he works part-time in an Ace Hardware, which is where he got his.  The food strainer is carried in the Ace Hardware Warehouse, so if you don't see it on the shelf, the Ace store can order it for you.  If you don't have an Ace Hardware in your area, you'll have to order it on Amazon perhaps.
Here are the skins and seeds
Here is the pulp and juice:

Scott made a wonderful Pasta Sauce with the fresh tomato pulp and juice.  He didn't even have to add any tomato paste or sauce. He sauteed the veggies, added the herbs, a tiny bit of sugar, and a splash of red wine.  If you don't have a food strainer, here a recipe to use Scott's New Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes,  Scott's New Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes .  Otherwise, here is the recipe that he used for the pulp. The pasta in the picture is gluten free pasta from Trader Joe's, which is made from corn, hence the yellowish color.   I love it! Here is the recipe for the meatballs here.

Scott’s San Marzano Pasta Sauce with Fresh TomatoesInspired by SP Cookie Queen


1/3 c olive oil

1 ½ cup chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/2c finely chopped carrots

1/2 c finely chopped bell pepper

5 cloves garlic crushed

1/3 c Flat Leaf Parsley

1/2 lb Cremini Mushrooms, sliced

1/4 c fresh /basil, minced, or 1 T dried basil.

4 -5 qts.  Tomato pulp and juice
Sugar to taste

1/2 tsp Red Pepper flakes, or to taste

1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning

2 bay leaves

1/2 cup dry red wine


In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, green pepper, and garlic and Cremini mushrooms.  Using a spice or coffee grinder, grind all dry spices.

Add spices and all other ingredients into the pot and simmer several hours, stirring occasionally until the sauce is the desired thickness. Or cook in slow cooker on high 4-5 hours.  Remove lid and continue cooking on high until desired thickness. We didn't can this sauce, we froze it.



  1. I love San Marzono's! Such a perfect tomato to make tomato sauce. This looks like a fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing :)

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    Happy Valley Chow

    1. This sauce turned out so well, and the Sauce Master saved so much time. San Marzano's make the perfect sauce.

  2. I guess I have to go to Ace now. That is much faster that removing the skins by hand. I may have to break down and make more sauce. Happy Birthday Scott.

    1. Gina,
      This gadget makes sauce so quickly. All you have to do is quarter the tomatoes, and feed them thru the hopper, and you have recipe ready tomato puree.

  3. This tomato sauce looks pretty darn delicious :D


    1. Uru,
      Thank you. It is so good, and makes a lot

  4. Oh Becky!!! What a treat!! I love fresh pasta sauce, but I don't have a gadget like this. I'm going to have to keep an eye out. His recipe is fresh and fabulous!!

    1. Kimtomato puree in minutes
      This sauce is wonderful made with fresh ingredients. The food strainer can make fresh tomato puree in minutes.

  5. That's a really great present for foodie :) and a really lovely sauce!

    1. Medeja,
      Scott is definitely a Foodie! He lovws the Sauce Master. Unfortunately, garden tomatoes are almost gone.

  6. Oh Becky! How much fun is this! I would love to have one of my own...I would make this sauce constantly. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Monet,
      This gadget is not only fun and easy to use , but make wonderful tomato puree in minutes. Too bad that we got it at the end of tomato season.

  7. So cool! And this sauce looks incredibly delicious-I love San Marzano tomatoes!

    1. Kayle,
      San Marzano Tomatoes make the best sauce! If you have the Sauce MAster, you can make fresh sauce in no time.


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