Home & Garden Home Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce: Seasonal Recipe By Robin Shreeves Writer Cairn University Rowan University Wine School of Philadelphia Robin Shreeves is a freelance writer who focuses on sustainability, wine, travel, food, parenting, and spirituality. our editorial process Robin Shreeves Updated April 04, 2018 Pasta with garden fresh sauce is easy to make. (Photo: Maxim Khytra/Shutterstock) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home & Garden Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating Garden fresh pasta sauce Last week the tomatoes started to finally ripen in my garden, and now I’m getting two or three tomatoes each day. I combined slicing tomatoes from my garden with some plum tomatoes from the farmers market to make this garden fresh pasta sauce. The recipe is from BigOven.com. I first made this sauce last summer and expected the kids to turn their noses up at it because it’s chunky, but they loved it. I found it’s best to increase the recipe by 1⁄2 to make enough to feed a family of four so the amounts I’ve listed here allow for those adjustments. My son’s art teacher gave me some green bell peppers from her garden (I haven’t gotten a single pepper yet) and some oregano. I got some parsley from my neighbor (the bunnies haven’t feasted on hers), and the rest of the vegetables and herbs came from my garden or the farmers market. In fact, the only ingredients not local in this recipe are the salt, pepper and sugar. It takes a while to chop up everything, but it’s well worth the effort. This is delicious, and I can’t wait for dinner tonight to serve it. Ingredients 1 1/2 med bell pepper; diced 1 1/2 med onion; diced 3 cloves garlic; minced 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups plum tomatoes; diced (I used a combo of plum and slicing) 3 tablespoons parsley; fresh, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons oregano; fresh, chopped 4 tablespoons basil; fresh, chopped 3 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoons black pepper Time Estimates Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 40 min Directions Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Serve over hot pasta. Yield Makes about 6 cups of sauce Notes All ingredients may be adjusted to taste. Appropriate amounts of dried herbs may be substituted for fresh. Regular tomatoes may be substituted for plum, but sauce will be soupier.