Basic Tomato Sauce


This is a very basic and simple homemade tomato sauce that can be used on pizza or pasta.  It is another Tabula Rasa recipe, and I am thinking I seem to have a lot of these basic recipes that one can add a few different ingredients to at different times to make them slightly more interesting or seasonal. You can add additional vegetables to make a Ragu, meat to make it a bolognese sauce, the possibilities are endless! The sauce needs to simmer for a long time to allow the ingredients to meld, the tomatoes to break down and for the sauce as a whole to thicken. Once the sauce has been reduced the flavors are really intensified.  The leftovers freeze well so you have good healthy sauce on hand whenever you need it for a quick pasta or pizza dish.

Basic Tomato Sauce

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Very basic homemade tomato sauce that can be customized with the addition of meat or vegetables and goes equally well with pasta or pizza.


  • olive oil to cover pan
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano or 2+ tablespoons fresh chopped oregano (if using fresh, add at the end of the cooking time)
  • 3 pounds diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, agave nectar or sweetener of choice
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • 26oz package of Pom strained tomatoes (I prefer this brand as they are Italian tomatoes with literally nothing added, but use what you prefer and can find easily)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil (and I sometimes add some fresh thyme)


  1. In a large dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil.
  2. Add the garlic and onions (and dried oregano if using – fresh you can add later) and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until fragrant and soft.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the tomatoes, sugar, black pepper, and salt. Stir well.
  4. Leave over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer partially covered for at least 60 minutes. I simmer until I get my desired consistency, for me thicker is better, so if I have the time I may let it simmer for a few hours.
  5. Stir in fresh oregano and fresh basil (sometimes I add some fresh thyme as well). Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta or use as pizza sauce. Enjoy!

Chopping the onions, garlic and tomatoes

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