How to Blend Your Own Natural Pasta Sauce
Your blender isn't just for smoothies and milkshakes. You can make salsas, glazes, nut butters, soups, dips and much more. If you and your family love having pasta for dinner from time to time, consider using your Oster® Versa® Performance Blender to blend your own homemade pasta sauce with natural ingredients.
Make your own natural red sauce
Forget the can or jar of pasta sauce from the store, with a performance blender, making your own is hassle-free and fun. You can add or subtract ingredients for a customized taste, but this recipe is a good starting place for people who like a traditional red sauce. Start by gathering your ingredients:
- 6 medium-sized tomatoes
- 1 large onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
- 1 pinch dried thyme
- 1 pinch dried oregano
- Ground black pepper
- Olive oil
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut, peel and core your tomatoes, onion, garlic and green pepper. Roast these vegetables in the oven on a baking sheet with olive oil and salt until they're soft - about 20 minutes.
Place your fresh basil leaves in your blender jar, then add in the spices and roasted vegetables. Sprinkle salt and pepper as desired with about 1/4 cup olive oil. Blend on MEDIUM to HIGH adding water as needed until your have smooth sauce. It's OK if the sauce is a bit watery.
Pour your freshly blended sauce into a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring frequently. Cook your pasta while your sauce heats and thickens. Taste it after you pour the sauce out of the blender to ensure it's the right flavor for your family. Once it's done heating, pour the sauce over your noodles and enjoy!
Pass the Pesto
If you're not a big fan of red sauce, your Oster® Versa® Performance Blender can still help you create the perfect pasta dish with pesto.
- Classic Pesto - You can make the classic basil pesto by combining basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts salt and cheese in your blender. It lasts for two weeks after you make it when refrigerated.
- Arugula-Almond Pesto - If you're not a fan of basil, you may prefer the Arugula-Almond Pesto. With almonds, arugula, spinach, Romano cheese, olive oil and pepper, this pesto option has a whole different flavor.
- Cilantro-Pepita Pesto - Made with pepitas, lime juice and cilantro, this pesto is great on pasta and a number of southwestern dishes. Try making your own.