Soup loaded up with fresh, sweet basil
I can only use so much tomato soup so I also looked into making my own tomato/pasta/pizza sauce from scratch. Turns out it's a huge pain in the arse involving 15 pounds of tomatoes for just a quart of sauce. Then there is the blanching and seeding. That's some crazy work for sauce that costs next to nothing at the store. (You can check out how to make your own here.)
That didn't stop me though. I ordered a vegetable strainer attachment for my kitchen aid mixer on Amazon so I could skip all the painful steps of blanching and seeding. It was surprisingly easy and fast though it did require an amazing amount of tomatoes and involved a long cooking process to get it reduced to the desired thickness I wanted.
The Juicing and Straining Process
I'm very happy with the results. I ended up deciding to make this batch of tomato sauce (all of one quart) into Pizza Sauce. I can't wait to use it later this week so we can have some homemade pizza truly from scratch! Next year I'm definitely going to have to plant more.