This past week may have just been the busiest one in my entire life (no kidding), as far back as I can remember. With so many seemingly urgent things on my plate I was almost completely overwhelmed, especially with my husband going off on his first long MBA residency for a whole week. I literally had to keep the midnight oil burning and getting up early at 5 AM for that whole week. All this coupled with the added pressures of a new job was zapping away whatever energy I had left by 4 pm, leaving me just brain dead and almost non-functional. But then I pick up my daughter from daycare and seeing her mojo after a well rested 2 hour afternoon nap, definitely helps to push myself on for a few more miles before I can call it a day, well actually I had no choice.
Well, definitely such fast paced lives with long hours of work and unending to-do lists demand some super easy recipes that can freeze well. I therefore make time during the weekend to prepare some pasta sauce, which will help me during the following week. So all I would need is to boil some pasta, add a few mix-ins, sprinkle some cheese and Voila!! a homemade dinner would be ready in a jiffy!
Makes Approx 4 Cups
5Lb – Roma Tomato, thickly sliced
2 - Onions, chopped
2 whole pods - Garlic
1 tsp – Italian herbs blend or Oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425F
- Cut the whole garlic pod into halves
- Arrange the thickly sliced tomatoes and garlic pods on a baking tray.
- Brush the tomato pieces and garlic with oil or use an oil spray
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Bake for 1-1 ½ hours
- While the tomatoes are baking, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Sauté until golden brown and take off the heat
- After the tomatoes and onions cool, transfer into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Season with more salt & pepper to taste and enjoy with your favorite pasta
Notes and Tips
- You can add more herbs to the sauce. I like to keep mine simple
- I used dried herbs for the sauce
- You can experiment with your favorite herbs
- Transfer the pasta sauce into small sterilized glass jars and freeze it once the sauce is cooled