How to make sauce…

This collection of videos is all about how to make sauce...pasta sauce, of course, such as pesto, marinara, basic tomato, etc. From fresh basil pesto to a slow-simmered masterpiece, there is something for everyone.

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While there are plenty of choices these days for jarred sauces  - some good and some not so good - the best flavors will always come from fresh ingredients, prepared with care.

If you are looking to make your own pasta sauces, this video series will help you get started.

Remember that a small amount of a great tasting sauce goes a long way with pasta. Italians prefer their pasta with a light coating of flavorful sauce, not swimming in it. The pasta itself will absorbs the flavors so...quality in...quality out. For the best results, always use the highest quality ingredients you can afford...extra virgin olive oil, sea salt or kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, fresh garlic, freshly grated real Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and vine ripened tomatoes, etc. You'll taste the difference!

How To Make Marinara Sauce (video)
This video (shown above) by the folks at Colavita demonstrates how to make marinara sauce with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, onions, San Marzano plum tomatoes, kosher salt, fresh-ground pepper and fresh basil. Excellent presentation with lots of detail and information (the origin of the name, how to sweat the onions, why you should cut out the center of the garlic, how long to cook it, how to freeze it, etc.). This classic  homemade tomato sauce should be in everyone's pasta repertoire!

How to Make Tomato Sauce – Giada de Laurentiis (quick video)
This is a short video (4:42) by the folks over at the Food Network starring Giada de Laurentiis. In this video, part of the Everyday Italian series, Giada demonstrates how to make basic tomato sauce from scratch. She uses extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, yellow onions, celery, carrots, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, a bay leaf and crushed canned San Marzano tomatoes. Simple, easy and delicious.

How to Make Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce 2 Ways (lengthy video)
A very informative video from The Pasta Channel, this fairly lengthy video (16:42) demonstrates two different methods for making an authentic Italian tomato sauce (basic) using canned San Marzano tomatoes. She goes into great detail on why San Marzano tomatoes are best and what to look for to make sure you're getting an authentic product.

How to Make Pesto (video)
This is a video from The Pasta Channel for a traditional, homemade basil pesto using high-quality, fresh ingredients and a mortar and pestle. I have added a few helpful tips and pointers as well. Enjoy!

How to Freeze Pesto in Ice Cube Trays (quick video)
This quick video by Short Cut Cooking, an AllRecipes Production, shows you how to make a classic basil pesto using a food processor and how to store small portions in an ice cube tray for use later. It's a great idea and one that I use myself! The recipe in the video will fill one ice cube tray perfectly.

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