Until a few weeks ago I’d never eaten homemade pasta sauce (let alone home CANNED pasta sauce.) NEVER. I’ve always bought canned sauce from the store. After making and trying homemade pasta sauce I feel like my tastebuds have been cheated for the past 33 years. Seriously.

Our first batch of pasta sauce didn’t last very long so this week I helped my mom make some more! For this batch we used Mrs. Wages Pasta Sauce mix.

Scoring the ends of the roma tomatoes and blanching them makes the skins slip right off.

Look – see? Naked tomatoes.

Blend them in the blender to your preferred chunkiness and cook to package directions.

Your jars should be hot and waiting when the sauce is done so that you can ladle it into hot jars.

Check that head space! And wipe those rims.

Your hot lids and hot jars make it hard to handle, but get those rings finger tight.

And cook! A lid helps bring the water up to boil more quickly, it’s true.

And then go play a game of Scrabble. Or eat a cookie. Or both.

Steaming hot jars! Full of the deep red tastiness that is home canned pasta sauce. YUM.

Serve with seashell pasta, chicken and zucchini – or you know, whatever you like. = )


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Hey, y’all! I’m Amber and I wear many hats. I drink a ton of coffee and I’m constantly sweeping crumbs off the floor. After 18 years of homeschooling, I’m getting close to graduating my third child and now we are starting over at preschool with our fourth, Lil Miss Mouse. She keeps us young and she’s the main reason for my excessive coffee consumption. Drink up!