Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Easy Recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce to Freeze or Can

Including My Personal Recipe for Buttons an Bows Pasta

Making tomato sauce is easy, the way I do it.  I have tried many different ways of making tomato sauce over the years, but I finally struck on a way that is both easy and quick.  It also makes really delicious sauce.  I freeze mine, but you could just as easily can it.  I used regular dried herbs because I feel they flavor stays stronger than fresh herbs, after being frozen or canned.


  • 10 or 12 tomatoes, cored and cut in chunks (no need to peel or seed)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Take the tomatoes and put them in the blender on puree
Take a large mixing bowl and put a strainer in it
Pour the pureed tomatoes into the strainer, stirring until nothing is left in the strainer but tomato skins and seeds
You may need to do this twice, depending on how large your blender is.
Toss the skin and seeds or give them to your chickens
Place the strained tomato sauce into a large sauce pan on medium heat
While your sauce is heating, stir in the rest of the ingredients
When thoroughly mixed, turn the heat to low and cover
If you want thinner tomato sauce, heat for 30 minutes.  If you want thicker, cook for 1 hour
I stir mine, every 15 minutes or so so make sure it is cooking evenly and not scorching
When it is the consistency that you want, remove from heat and let cool until it is room temperature or colder (do not put in refrigerator)
I use a pint mason jar to measure how much tomato sauce to put in my food saver bags, seal them and put them in the freezer

When I want to use it, I remove it from the freezer and cut the bag off and put it in my Ninja Cooker or you can use a slow cooker.  This is what I use to make all my pasta meals.  If you don’t have a slow cooker or Ninja, you will have to wait for it to thaw on it’s own.  I would not recommend thawing it in the microwave, but you can if you like.  There are so many things that you can make with tomato sauce, but I would like to share my favorite pasta recipe that I make in my Ninja.  It’s called Buttons and Bows.

Buttons and Bows Pasta

The cool thing about my Ninja Multicooker is that it can act as a stove top, oven or slow cooker.  That is how I can make this delicious meal all in the Ninja.  For more info on the Ninja, see the link below to check it out.


  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup of fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup of diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/3 cup of green pepper
  • 1 pint tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves of diced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Turn the Ninja on  the Stove top setting and brown the sausage in the tablespoon of olive oil
Leaving the sausage in, turn the Ninja to Oven and set it to 350 degrees
Pour in 4 cups of warm water and the uncooked pasta
Add the the rest of the ingredients except the spinach and cover.
Set the timer for 30 minutes
When the 30 minutes is up, dump in the spinach and stir to mix
Cook for another 5 minutes
Serve immediately

Could this recipe be easier?  A delicious one pot meal, one of many that I make in my Ninja.  The Ninja is a bit pricey, I am not going to say it isn’t.  What I am going to say is that it makes cooking so many things faster and easier.  It really is worth the price.  Take a look at the video below and you will see what I mean.

I cannot recommend the Ninja highly enough.  My sister was so impressed, she went out and bought one of her own.  She is the one that told me that she uses it to cook cakes and other desserts.  She bought a Ninja cook book and really was getting creative.  I had to buy the cook book too, and ever since then, there is no stopping me.  If you need any more convincing of the versatility of the stuff you can cook in your Ninja, just go to You Tube and search Ninja cooking system recipes.  You will be shocked at the number of videos there are.  Ninja cooking system has a ton of fans and users!

Jade    :)


Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System


  1. The sauce recipe is similar to my tomato soup recipe, though the soup is a little thinner because I add chicken broth.

  2. I use a carrot to add thickness plus stock. But we don't get such a glut of tomatoes in this climate.

  3. This sounds really delicious. I am excited to try it. Hopefully soon I will be able to create it from my own tomatoes!