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Quick Tomato Sauce

quick tomato sauce

How is everyone doing?  Are you all dandy?  I hope you’re all dandy.  I just saw a documentary on Turner Classic Movies the other day about German films during the Weimar republic, so you know I have a hop in my step. 😉  OK, I’m weird.  But I love it.

So you all know how I love making almost anything by scratch if I can, from vanilla extract to marshmallows.  One thing I really love is making tomato sauce.  I used to be the person who used store-bought tomato sauce exclusively.  The thought of making my own never crossed my mind.  Which is perfectly fine.  If you don’t have any desire to make your own sauce, you definitely shouldn’t feel pressured to.

But one day I just absently turned the jar over and liked at the nutritional facts.  Yowza!  Have you seen how much sugar is in there?  It’s like having half a pop.  I want to save my sugar for skillet cookies, thank you.  Plus I’m sweet enough on my own, right?  Haha  😄

quick tomato sauce

So here is the easiest tomato sauce I’ve probably ever made.  It’s delicious, and even better, it’s versatile!  Have some meatballs?  Put it on that!  Some ravioli?  Put it on that!  A pizza?  Use it as the sauce.  Personally I’ve been very obsessed with melty paninis lately.  I get in the mood for them about once a year and then I eat them for about three weeks straight.  So the way I’ve been using this lately is on a pizza panini.  Just think of this sauce between two crusty pieces of bread and some super melty cheese.  Sound good to you?

This whole thing takes about fifteen minutes to put together, and it’s made with things you probably already have in your cupboard.  So there as never been a better excuse to have pizza for supper, right?  As if you ever needed an excuse  😉

(Recipe from Cooks Illustrated magazine)

quick tomato sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ground black pepper
  1. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, oregano, and salt. Cook until onion is golden brown and liquid is almost gone, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in tomatoes and sugar, then increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer.
  5. Lower heat to medium low and simmer until the tomato sauce has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat and stir in basil and olive oil. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.


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  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry April 19, 2016, 9:28 am

    Yes! I’m all about making my own fresh tomato sauce to control that pesky sugar intake.

    • Amanda April 20, 2016, 8:55 am

      We’re like sugar cutting superheroe! Now we just need costumes. Mine will have to be green. 😀

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks April 20, 2016, 5:05 am

    It is so wonderful to have reliable recipes for staples at your fingertips – like this beautiful looking tomato sauce!

    • Amanda April 20, 2016, 8:56 am

      Thanks so much, Kate!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen April 20, 2016, 5:38 am

    Love how easy, quick and simple to make this beautiful looking tomato sauce! This is such a fantastic share, Amanda.

    • Amanda April 20, 2016, 8:57 am

      Thanks so much, Anu! Have a great rest of your week!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice April 20, 2016, 5:56 am

    I’ve only made my own tomato sauce once before, but it was definitely a game-changer! SO much better than the store bought kind! Your version sounds delicious, Amanda! Love how easy this is to make!

    • Amanda April 20, 2016, 8:58 am

      Thanks, Gayle! Now I just have to figure out how to can it. Canning kind of intimidates me sometimes, but I love the idea of having a bunch stored up.

  • Aria April 20, 2016, 3:18 pm

    Homemade tomato sauce is THE BEST! My mom will make batches and batches of it with our own garden-grown tomatoes all summer long and can it! We should try your recipe!

    • Amanda April 22, 2016, 8:19 am

      That sounds perfect! I would love to have a lot on hand like that. Tomato heaven! 😍

  • ami@naivecookcooks April 20, 2016, 4:21 pm

    Ohh I love making homemade tomato sauces!! So much better than salt filled store bought cans!

    • Amanda April 22, 2016, 8:20 am

      I totally agree! I hate all the weird extra stuff they put in there.

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary April 20, 2016, 4:38 pm

    I never buy tomato sauce, that stuff in a jar is awful for you… plus homemade tastes SO much better! Yours looks perfect dear! Love how simple you kept it. Pure deliciousness! Cheers!

    • Amanda April 22, 2016, 8:21 am

      Thank you! You are my tomato sauce superhero! I love that you buy it. Tomato sauce purists unite! 😃

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop April 22, 2016, 9:49 am

    Love making my own! Always so much better….and I agree…save that sugar for when we really need it, like in cookies!

  • lucie April 23, 2016, 12:15 am

    Thanks so much for this! Ive been looking for a quick and simple tomato sauce this week to throw over a pasta – I spend so much money on organic tomato sauces – this is perfect!

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