Homemade pasta sauce in Kilner Jars

Homemade pasta sauce in Kilner Jars

Composition of ingredients for the preparation of tomato sauce in the Italian manner

From lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes to shepherd’s pies, chilli and even soups, a good pasta sauce is a versatile staple that adds a special something to so many dishes. Whilst it is simple enough to rustle up on an ad-hoc basis, many of us resort to a shop-bought jar of pasta sauce all too often, as we think we do not have the time, or the ingredients to hand, to prepare a fresh pasta sauce. In fact, homemade pasta sauce is quick and simple to make. If you prepare a large batch in one go and store it in large screw top jars, you will always have some to hand and can wave goodbye to inferior sauces from the supermarket.

Kilner jars are perfect for pasta sauce

If you are making a large batch of pasta sauce, you need to ensure you have enough screw top jars ready for the project. Our 500ml Kilner screw top jars are perfect for this project; alternatively, if you have a large family, you may prefer to use the one-litre jars.


4kg ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
A handful of fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme), finely chopped 60ml lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper


– Wash and sterilise the jars in advance.

– Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until soft and translucent. Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil. Once boiling, simmer for 25 minutes, stirring from time to time.

– Use a blender to puree the tomato mixture, then sieve it to get rid of the peel and seeds. Put the mixture back in the pan, add the herbs and seasoning, and bring to the boil again. Simmer for about 45 minutes until the sauce reaches the consistency you would like.

– Stir in the lemon juice and pour into your sterilised jars. Seal the jars tightly and place them in a boiling water bath for at least 30 minutes. Once cooled, label the jars and store in a cool, dark place.

Kilner jars

If you have more jars available and would like to make some more pour-on sauces to store in the pantry for future use, why not consider a Thai sweet chilli sauce or your own versions of some favourite stir-fry sauces, such as a sweet and sour stir fry sauce, a teriyaki sauce or a szechuan stir fry sauce? These can all be stored in screw top jars so they are to hand whenever you need them.

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