How to make Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

This is a very easy and tasty homemade tomato sauce recipe that you can keep in the fridge for one week. It’s always great to have on hand a homemade tomato sauce since it is the foundation for so many wonderful dishes like whole wheat pasta, chicken, fish, meatballs, lasagna, and even vegetables casseroles recipes. Also you can easily add ground meat, if you wanted, to make a meat sauce as well. Here is a recipe for a basic tomato sauce that starts with onions, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, bay leaves and seasonings. You will be very pleased with how this sauce will end up. Let the sauce simmer for about 20 or 30 minutes.

Basic Tomato Sauce

But, if you have more time to prepare your dish, I suggest you let the sauce simmer for over an hour because the more you cook it the more flavourful it will become. However, it will be great cooking only for 20 minutes as well. Now, of course I think I don’t even need to mention the juicier the tomatoes the better the sauce will be.

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So, let’s go to check the recipe because I am sure you will love this tomato sauce.

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How to make Basic Tomato Sauce
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  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • half onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes with the juice or 1 ¾ pound of fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and cook 4-5 minutes until they are soft and golden.
  3. Add garlic and sauté, being careful not to burn.
  4. Add tomato paste and stir well. Add crushed tomatoes, including the juice in case you are using tomato cans.
  5. Add dried oregano, dry bay leaves, salt and pepper.
  6. Cover and bring to a low simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Finally, remove from the heat, add fresh basil and stir well. Remove the dry bay leaves. Adjust the seasoning if you think it is necessary. You can use this delicious sauce in your favorite recipes or you can pour the sauce in a mason jar and keep it in the fridge for about 3 or 4 days or you can freeze for months.

Now, I would love to hear from you in the comments below and tell me what are the recipes you like to use tomato sauce?

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    • Olivia says

      Thank you, Sarah. You are so sweet. This recipe is definitely easy to make and tasty too. I am sure you will enjoy it ;-)

  1. kelley says

    Just want to point out that recipe calls for 1/2 C. fresh parsley that is not included in instructions. Instructions say to add fresh basil – wondering if this is an omission or typo. Might confuse some non-cooks!

    • says

      It was a typo, Kelley. Thanks for pointing that out. You should add 1tbsp fresh basil when you remove the sauce from the heat, not 1/2c parsley. Any other question, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lyndal says

    Hi there- excited to try this recipe. If I have an abundance of tomatoes and wanted to make this in bulk but don’t want to use within the week, is it ok to freeze? Or how do you suggest storing? Thanks heaps xx

    • says

      Hi, Lyndal. Thanks for your question. Yes, you can freeze it. The sauce you can just thaw in the in the fridge for a day. If you need it right away place the jar in a bowl of warm water and let it thaw. As the sauce thaws pour it into a pan. When you can get it all out reheat the sauce as normal. I have frozen my tomato sauce in glass jars with no problem. Just don’t overfill because the stock expands and pushes the lid out. I also use zip lock. Hope you like this recipe. Thanks!

  3. Trish says

    This is just the kind of recipe I was looking for a few days ago! I am avoiding processed foods and wasn’t sure what spices to use. Thanks for this! BTW, I noticed the recipe called for whole canned tomatoes, but the instructions mentioned crushed tomatoes…Did you mean to crush the whole tomatoes, or to use crushed canned tomatoes?

    • says

      Hi, Trish. You can use both. I use whole canned tomatoes and I crushed them before adding to the pan. Or you can use crushed canned tomatoes as well. To avoid any confusions I will change it at the instructions. Thanks for your question. I hope you enjoy this recipe.


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