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 mom (half-Italian–you can trust me) passed it on to me and it’s fool-proof, cheap, 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, puttanesca, bolognese sauce….pretty much anything!

My Family's Homemade Tomato Sauce

My Family's Homemade Tomato Sauce

Yield: 1.5 Quarts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed (not strained!) or whole plum canned tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional, but adds flavor and thickens)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in saucepan to medium heat, add garlic, and stirring for around 1-2 minute (be careful not to brown)
  2. Add bay leaves, half the oregano, and stir until fragrant.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, additional oregano, salt and pepper, stir, and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes on low-medium heat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 5gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

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