How to make Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe

Learn How to Make Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe that you will want to put it on everything. It’s very delicious and made with onions, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, bay leaves, and seasonings. 

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I originally shared this Basic Tomato Sauce recipe back in 2014, and it has since become one of the most popular recipes on the blog. In fact, this was one of the first recipes I posted here, so I decided to update it by adding more information about the recipe and including new photos too.

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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. Also, you can easily add ground meat, if you wanted, to make a meat sauce instead.

What are the ingredients to make this basic tomato sauce?

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Bay leaves
  • Seasonings.

All ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, right? You will be very pleased with how this sauce will end up. Let the sauce simmer for about 20 or 30 minutes. 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 don’t think I even need to mention the juicier the tomatoes the better the sauce will be.

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How to use this Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe:  

You will want to put this basic tomato sauce on almost everything. But my favourite ways to use it is with a Eggplant Lasagna, Zucchini Lasagna, Lasagna Rolls, Slow Cooker Zucchini Lasagna, Spaghetti, Meatballs, Zucchini Noodles, Cauliflower Pizza, Pizza and the list goes on and on.

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How to make Basic Tomato Sauce

Learn How to Make Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe that you will want to put it on everything. It’s very delicious and made with onions, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, bay leaves, and seasonings. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Half medium 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
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (or natural sweetener)
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Directions:

  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 brown sugar, 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.
  8. 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 into a mason jar and keep it in the fridge for about 3 or 4 days or you can freeze for months.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4, Serving Size: 1/4

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 91
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Sugar: 8.8g
  • Protein: 2.4g
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Basic Tomato Sauce

How to make Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe - Primavera Kitchen