My Family's Homemade Tomato Sauce

This has been my go-to pasta homemade tomato sauce recipe for as long as I can remember.

My Italian mom passed it on to me and it is foolproof, affordable, and incredibly delicious. Never buy a can of sauce again!  Make a big batch and freeze portions if you need an even faster meal. 

Serve on top of any pasta or use it as a base sauce for pizza, stuffed portobello mushrooms, puttanesca, bolognese sauce, or any other dish. 

My Family's Homemade Tomato Sauce

My Family's Homemade Tomato Sauce

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Simple and flavorful everyday homemade tomato sauce. Perfect for pasta or a variety of dishes!


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste optional
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed or whole Italian plum tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried oregano depending on preference
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan to medium heat. Add garlic, stirring constantly, and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Be careful not to let it brown. Add the tomato paste, oregano, and bay leaves,if using, and cook for an additional minute or so until fragrant.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, a generous pinch of kosher salt, and generous grind of black pepper. Stir and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and use or store for later.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 174kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 204mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 22g