Broccoli Pasta Sauce

Do you make your own pasta sauce at home? Every year I think I will buy fresh heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market when they are in season and can my own pasta sauce. But life happens and given a choice between spending an afternoon out with the kids or canning – kids win!

While canning my own pasta sauce won’t happen for a while, I have been making pasta sauce at home instead of using store bought jars. The major benefits – it is fresh, it tastes yummy, I throw less stuff in the trash, and I get to sneak in pureed veggies. Although I prefer not to sneak veggies into this, I rather have the kids know and recognize what they are eating, but sometimes, just sometimes, a mom’s got to do what a mom’s got to do. Making homemade pasta sauce is so simple that by the time pasta is cooked you have your sauce. The end result – kids eat it, but then again it doesn’t take much to get kids to eat pasta!

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Ingredients (yield 1 cup)
  • 1 cup cut broccoli florets
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes ((heirloom tomatoes taste yummier, I used garden variety red tomatoes from the farmer’s market as that was what I had at home) 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
1) Thinly slice the garlic cloves.
2) Cut the tomatoes and broccoli into small pieces (size doesn’t matter as you will be pureeing it eventually)
3) Add olive oil to a pot placed on medium heat.
4) Sauté the sliced garlic till they turn reddish brown (about 30 seconds).
5) Add the cut broccoli and tomatoes to the pot. Add the dried oregano. Add salt.
6) Cook for 5-7 minutes till the tomatoes and broccoli are cooked.
7) Remove from pot and puree into a sauce.
8) Serve the cooked pasta.

Activities kids can participate in:

  • Adding the chopped tomatoes and broccoli to the pan
  • Pureeing the sauce in the blender.

Products and Brands used:

My Cuisinart Blender – I love their stuff.


  1. I love that you use broccoli in this sauce!

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