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How to make Basic Tomato Sauce

Yield: 6 Small Mason Jars
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Learn How to Make a Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe that is so good 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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3.8 from 48 votes



  1. In a saucepan, heat the 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 canned tomatoes.

  5. Add brown sugar, dried oregano, dried bay leaves, salt, and pepper.

  6. Cover and bring to a low simmer for 20-30 minutes.

  7. Finally, remove from the heat, add fresh basil, and stir well. Remove the 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.

Recipe Notes

This sauce is perfect for lots of dishes, but my favourites are 5-Ingredient Chicken Zucchini Boats, saucy Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna Skillet, and low-carb Ground Turkey Skillet with Green Beans. Mm... All these dishes will make everyone around the table smile ;-)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easy Tomato Sauce, Homemade Tomato Sauce, How to make Basic Tomato Sauce, Tomato Sauce Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/6) — Calories: 91, Fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 12g, Sugar: 8.8g, Protein: 2.4g

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