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How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce

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How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce

October 1, 2023

Creating homemade tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes is a rewarding and versatile culinary endeavor. Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own homemade tomato sauce:


  • 3 kg (6.5 lb) Plum/Roma tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons Oregano (optional)
  • 7-8 Basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice/vinegar (if canning, use ¼ cup)


1. Prepare the Tomatoes:
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
  • While the water is heating, prepare an ice bath in a bowl.
  • Core out the stems from the tomatoes and make a shallow "X" on the bottom of each tomato.
2. Blanch and Peel the Tomatoes:
  • Place the tomatoes into the boiling water for 30-60 seconds.
  • Quickly transfer the blanched tomatoes to the ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  • Once cooled, peel the skin from the tomatoes.
3. Chop the Tomatoes:
  • Chop the peeled tomatoes into small chunks and set them aside.
4. Sauté Onions and Garlic:
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over low heat.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until they become golden, which should take around 7-8 minutes.
  • Add crushed garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
5. Cook the Tomatoes:
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the pot.
  • Season with salt, oregano, and basil.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Let it simmer for 60-90 minutes, stirring frequently, until it reaches your desired consistency (most of the liquid should evaporate, and the tomatoes should resemble a thick, jam-like consistency).
  • Stir in the lemon juice or vinegar at the end and turn off the heat.
6. Puree (Optional):
  • If you prefer a smoother tomato sauce, you can use a hand blender to puree the sauce until it reaches your desired texture.
  • Transfer the sauce to a jar.


  • The best tomatoes for homemade sauce are Roma tomatoes, Plum tomatoes, San Marzano, or a combination of several types. Ripe tomatoes are essential.
  • The addition of onion, garlic, basil, and oregano is optional; you can omit them or use some based on your preferences.
  • If you plan to can the sauce for long-term storage, ensure you follow proper canning procedures to maintain freshness and safety.
  • For short-term storage, store the sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze it for 2-3 months.
Homemade tomato sauce is a versatile staple that can elevate a wide range of dishes, including pasta, pizza, gnocchi, meats, and chicken recipes. Enjoy your homemade creation!   Video Duration: 00:03:56  

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