Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

November 16, 2009 by Michelle

I am so stuffed right now. You know how sometimes you make food you really like and you eat just a little bit too much just because it’s so good? I did that tonight. Then again, I’m pretty sure the wee ones did, too! Thanks a lot, homemade tomato sauce.

Traditionally in many families, Monday night is pizza night. I’m all for that tradition, but I can’t justify eating out that often — especially when it’s so easy to make homemade pizza that tastes oh-so-good (and that Little Miss can eat).

So tonight I made a homemade pizza with a whole wheat crust. Yum.

The crust is super easy, and I shared this one a long time ago (just sub out 2/3 whole wheat flour for the white flour and add a touch more oil and water) here.

Tonight, you’re getting my easy sauce. This is the sauce that I use for spaghetti (less blended), lasagne (medium blended), pizza (completely blended), meatball subs (medium blended), and more! It’s super quick and tastes great.

How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce in 15 Minutes

Heat a sturdy saucepan on medium heat (I love my Le Creuset for this) until the bottom is fairly warm. Then add the olive oil. While the olive oil is heating, peel and slice the garlic.

Add the garlic, once the olive oil is shimmery. Immediately use a can opener to open the can of tomatoes. You want the tomatoes in there within about forty-five seconds of getting the garlic in there so that the garlic is fragrant but not colored at all.

Once the tomatoes are in, add your dried herbs and the salt and pepper. Stir, then let simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. Use an immersion blender (or a regular one in batches) to blend it to the consistency you desire.

You can obviously use fresh herbs, as well. However, if you are doing so, you want to add three times the quantity and do so at the end of cooking so that you don’t kill the flavor. Ok, the oregano can go into the pot with the tomatoes — but only because I’m not a huge fan of oregano to begin with.

This is a super forgiving. Put in what you want, adjust the quantities to your liking, and enjoy. You don’t even want to know the last time I bought jarred pasta sauce. This tastes so much better (to me), and it’s also far cheaper.

Have you ever made homemade tomato sauce before? What’s your secret?

Homemade Tomato Sauce


  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated cheese to taste, optional


  1. Heat heavy saucepan on medium heat until the bottom is fairly warm, then add olive oil. While the olive oil is heating, peel and slice the garlic.
  2. Add the garlic once the olive oil is shimmery. Add tomatoes when garlic is fragrant but not colored at all. Add dried herbs and salt and pepper. Stir, then let simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. Blend it to the consistency you desire.
  3. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to three days in the fridge.
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  • Pami

    thansk for sharing I will have to try this out 🙂

  • UnfinishedMom

    I've been looking for a good easy versatile tomato sauce recipe. Thanks for posting. I've bookmarked it!

  • septembermom

    15 minutes??? That's what I need. Thanks for your kind comments on my
    “couple time” post yesterday. I appreciate your thoughts. By the way, I have to make Irish scones for my son's school next week. I have a bunch of recipes, but do you know any good tips about technique for these? You're my “Recipe” authority”:)

  • Karen

    Sounds delish. I may have to make homemade pizza. It's been a while.

  • Unknown Mami

    I love homemade pizza, it's really a lot easier than people think and oh so yummy.

  • Brenda

    I love thiings like this because you can give them exactly the flavor you want.

  • shortmama

    We love homemade pizza in our house too!

  • Cookie

    I'm planning to make pizza tomorrow night. Yum!

  • Michelle

    Pami – You're welcome. It's so easy and quick. I use this *all* the time.

    UnfinishedMom – Hopefully this is it for you. Plus, you can easily adapt it with whatever you have on hand. Add 1/2 c cream, and you have a rose sauce. Mmmmm.

    Karen – It's amazing how some of the yummiest things slip out of the rotation, isn't it?

    Unknown Mami – It totally is. So easy and so good… and I like to pretend lower in calories 😉

    Brenda – So much of what I cook is like that. I don't have recipes so much as approximations, and nothing is exactly the same twice. But that's the fun of cooking!

    shortmama – Ohhh so do I!

    Cookie – I hope it turns (ok turned, I'm late) out well!

  • Jerri

    Great recipe! Thanks for posting.

  • Angela

    Interesting that you use it for all your Italian recipes and just vary the texture. I make my mom's version of Bolognese for spaghetti; mine does not contain bacon or ham, but does have ground beef.

    Then for lasagna I use a marinara that I either make (a Giada recipe) or I cheat and use Classico (which is all natural and just as cheap, it turns out, as making it myself). Depends on how lazy I'm feeling! They taste virtually identical as both are tomato-basil.

  • Michelle

    Jeri – You're welcome. I love the simple and easy 🙂

    Angela – Ummm that's partly because I don't like meat sauce…. And this is my base. I adjust it to add various things (from vodka to cream) depending on what I'm making. It works though!

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