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How to Make Basic Tomato Sauce


This is a very easy and tasty homemade tomato sauce recipe that you can keep in the fridge for one week.

Author: Primavera Kitchen

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  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • half onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes with the juice or 1 3/4 pound of fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 40mins
Adapted from


Step 1

1.In a saucepan, heat 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 tomato cans.

5.Add dried oregano, dry bay leaves, salt and pepper.

6.Cover and bring to a low simmer for 25-30 minutes.

7.Finally, remove from the heat, add fresh basil and stir well. Remove the dry bay leaves. 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 in a mason jar and keep it in the fridge for about 3 or 4 days or you can freeze for months.

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