Pasta with Homemade Tomato Sauce

I have been craving pasta recently and as sad as it is to eat past without parmesan.  The other problem is that its currently winter so the quality of tomato is pretty low and they are expensive.  So you can imagine then, that when I was at Traders Joe’s I spotted a can of UNSALTED tomatoes, I was pretty excited.  This is my own (healthy) recipe for tomato sauce, and I can tell you my parents really liked it.



2 medium onion chopped finely
1 clove garlic smashed or finely chopped
2 pinches of dried rosemary
2 sticks of celery chopped finely
2 cups of cremini mushrooms sliced into bite sized pieces
2/3 Can Trader Joe’s of Unsalted Tomatoes

olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Heat a cast iron pan with a generous layer of olive oil covering the bottom.  When the oil is hot reduce the heat to medium and add in the onions.  Sauté the onion until the become translucent and some begin to brown then add in the rosemary, the garlic, a pinch of salt and some grinds of pepper.  After about 3 more minutes add in the celery stir well.  After a few more minutes add in the mushrooms and continue to site occasionally.  At this point open the can of tomatoes and remove about 2/3s of the tomatoes in the can.  Chop into little pieces.  After the mushrooms have begun to darken and shrink add sauce from the tomato can and the chunks of tomato.  Continue to cook on low storing occasion for at least fifteen more minutes.  The longer the sauces sits and is allowed to cook together the better it will be.  Before serving taste and then add more salt and/or pepper if necessary.


Serve with pasta or it tastes good on polenta.  Enjoy!


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