Budget cooking with Sheila: Tomato and Pepper Sauce ~ with all that almost free Barilla Pasta you have!

Budget with Sheila’s weekend dish calls for some PASTA! MMM My favourite!

While you can usually find pasta sauce on sale somewhere, it is so nice every now and then to make some sauce from scratch. And now is the time to do it. With all those fresh tomatoes, peppers and herbs available from local growers, who would not want to savour their own sauce? I have not included the cost breakdown for this recipe because all my vegetables were purchased from local farmers and the prices will vary depending on where you live. But, regardless of where you live, the price is always worth it for the fresh taste!  Check out this weeks LOWEST PRICE list if you want to shop at stores near you

Tomato and Pepper Sauce
tomato and pepper


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves (use more or less depending on how much you like garlic)
  • 10 tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and fry the onion, pepper and garlic until soft.

Cut a cross in the base of each tomato and place them in a bowl. Pour boiling water and let rest for about 1 minute. Then drain the hot water and cover the tomatoes with cold water. This will make it easy to remove the skin from the tomatoes.

Chop the tomatoes and remove any hard centres. Add to the skillet. Add the remaining ingredients except salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Once boiled, lower the heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes, or until you reach your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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