UPDATED: After some reader feedback and more recipe testing, I reduced the amount of water in this recipe from 2 cups to 1 cup. You can simmer the sauce further to thicken to your taste. So many of our dinners start with a good tomato sauce. Sometimes (a lot of the time), I open a jar. I am busy and like lots of families, I need to get dinner on the table quickly. Nothing compares to the ease of jarred sauce, but this homemade pasta sauce recipe is pretty darn close and tastes WAY better. The Instant Pot® does a great job of giving it that long-simmered flavor in a fraction of the time.
Since one of my kiddos is a vegetarian, I typically double the sauce and save half for his frequent pasta dinners. I might use the other half as a base for Bolognese, meatballs, or if I am super smart, I freeze it for those nights when I would otherwise open a jar.
Basic Homemade Pasta Sauce
Makes 6 cups
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
1 - 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water
1. Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot® pressure cooker using the saute function. Add chopped onion and saute for about 3 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Stir until the tomato paste starts to turn orange. Deglaze with red wine.
2. Add the tomatoes, spices, seasoning, and water. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Set Instant Pot® to manual - high pressure, adjusting the time to 8 minutes. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick pressure release by setting the valve to venting. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Sauce can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
*For a thicker sauce, set Instant Pot to saute after you release the pressure and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
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