Classic Tomato Sauce

November 24, 2014  |  Recipes
Classic Tomato Sauce |

Tomato sauce is something we use all the time. I try to keep some on hand in the freezer, but when we run out it is a simple recipe to throw together, with ingredients that are staples in our house. I often make a double batch because we use this sauce as our go to tomato sauce for pasta, pizza, casseroles and even as a dip.

This is truly a classic tomato sauce. If there is one thing that I have learned when cooking for kids, it is to start simple and expand. Kids are often not used to strong flavors, so because this sauce is simmered down and because I often freeze this sauce (which can also intensify the flavors) I start light with the herbs and garlic. If I know I want a stronger flavor I simply add more garlic or herbs. This is the same sauce we use for pizza too. I just simmer it longer, until it reaches the thicker consistency of pizza sauce.

Classic Tomato Sauce
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Serves: 4 cups
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 - 28 oz cans whole tomatoes (you could also use crushed or diced tomatoes)
  • 1 - 5 1/2 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the juice from the tomatoes and the tomatoes, breaking them apart with your hands as you add them.
  4. Add the tomato paste, bay leaf, oregano, basil and salt.
  5. Simmer, uncovered for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  7. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  8. If desired, transfer sauce, in batches if necessary, to a blender and blend until smooth.


  1. This looks simple, classic and delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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