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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

09/05/2012 - 15 comments

Have you ever had a whole bunch of tomatoes sitting in your fridge or on your counter that you had no way to possibly eat all of them before they went bad?

Or maybe you are like me and just have an itch to make as much of your own food from scratch so you know exactly what is in it.

In either case, making tomato sauce is a daunting task. Skinning the tomatoes. Removing the membranes and seeds. Pureeing. Then finally cooking all day into a proper sauce.

Well, I have good news for you.

You don’t need to remove anything from the tomato in order to create sauce from it, except maybe any soft or scarred spots that you wouldn’t normally eat.

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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce
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  • 8 cups fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (or 1-2 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 basil leaf
  1. Wash tomatoes and remove any bad spots. Cut at least in half or smaller.
  2. Add 8 cups of tomatoes to food processor along with garlic, salt and basil
  3. Puree until foamy and almost smooth
  4. Place a large stock pot on the stove and coat bottom with olive oil
  5. Add tomato puree to pot
  6. Continue pureeing tomatoes & seasonings in 8 cup batches until you use up all of your tomatoes
  7. Simmer covered for a few hours or until sauce goes from frothy pink to red watery and finally until it is red and thick.
You can store the sauce any number of ways. I used glass jars filled about ⅔ of the way up. I let the sauce cool in the jars on the counter then put them in the fridge over night. The next day I put the jars in the freezer. Make sure you leave enough room at the top to allow for expansion during freezing so you do not break the jars.


This recipe was inspired by a recipe at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. The original recipe calls for the juice to be squeezed from the tomatoes. I did not do this. I think it may have had to simmer a bit long to reduce the liquid down, but it saved me a step in the process.

I can’t wait to use this for pasta!

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  • Reply Michelle 03/01/2013 at 4:26 pm

    Very fresh, good tasting. I added sherry, onions, lots of garlic and spices used it for bison meatballs sandwiches! My family and company did enjoy it! It did take hrs to cook down, I used steakmeat tomatoes. Next time, I might use the crock pot to cook down, all day, I think that would work fine. I liked not having to skin the tomatoes. So, for me, that makes this a winner recipe! Tonight I think I’m going to use it for lasagna. Thanks again for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Online Gym 11/27/2012 at 6:13 pm

    Homemade Sauce, There nothing better, I will use this recipe later on this week.Looks fantastic.

  • Reply Matt 09/22/2012 at 5:21 pm

    I used a similar recipe growing up. Fond memories! Smiles!

  • Reply Thomas Murphy 09/21/2012 at 3:21 pm

    I have been looking for a good tomato sauce recipe, thanks for this.

  • Reply Sara Phillips 09/11/2012 at 8:40 am

    Thank you!! (I forgot to buy bay leaves. I guess C and I will run out today!)

  • Reply Lindsay 09/07/2012 at 3:03 pm

    Yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Nichol 09/07/2012 at 12:27 pm

    This sauce sounds fab Kim! My aunt used to make it completely homemade unlike me who buys puree and her pasta dishes were the best!

  • Reply SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) 09/07/2012 at 12:00 am

    I love homemade sauce. This one is beautiful, not only does it look super fresh, but it has only four delicious ingredients :)

  • Reply Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell 09/06/2012 at 3:34 pm

    I’m with you on saving that step. It looks so fresh and appetizing!

  • Reply Paula @ Frosted Fingers 09/06/2012 at 1:54 pm

    Going to totally try this. Thanks!

  • Reply Karen of 3G2S 09/06/2012 at 11:29 am

    That looks goooood!!! Only 4 ingredients too. I can handle that! :D

  • Reply Whitney at It's Gravy, Baby! 09/06/2012 at 10:50 am

    One of my favorite things about having a garden is knowing exactly what I’m eating. I just told my husband last night that I saw where you had mentioned on FB that you just cut the bad spots off of the tomatoes and they are still good to eat. We threw several away this year because we didn’t know that! Pinning this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Christine Young 09/06/2012 at 10:47 am

    Mmmm! I’ll have to get some fresh tomatoes from my mom’s garden and make some sauce. :)

  • Reply Cat Davis - Food Family Finds 09/06/2012 at 10:39 am

    I didn’t even know you could freeze tomato sauce. Every time I make it homemade I end up with lots leftover and worry that it will go bad too quickly sitting in the fridge.

  • Reply trisha 09/06/2012 at 10:21 am

    this looks fantastic!~