Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

This one pot Homemade Tomato Sauce recipe is the cozy, healthy, flavorful, and oh so delicious sauce you’ll be wanting all year long. Pantry staple canned tomatoes, puréed with sautéed onions, fresh herbs (basil and oregano!), just the right amount of garlic, and a dash of red pepper flakes. All together, it creates a sauce that’s deep in flavor, but only takes 45 minutes or LESS to make! It simply doesn’t get any better. Bonus? This sauce is not just great with pasta, but works perfectly as sauce for pizzas, stirred into savory dishes for a little extra depth of flavor, or even eaten on it’s own like a soup. It’s also naturally gluten-free and vegan! SO. GOOD.

overhead shot of tomato sauce with white cheese cloth, fresh herbs around, wooden spoon, and tomatoes around

About The Recipe

This tomato sauce is something we have been making for YEARS! It’s a staple recipe in our kitchen. We use it in almost every single savory recipe we make. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, it’s a must-have! Everyone in our family loves it, even our friends. It’s so good that you could eat it with a spoon like tomato soup!

Typically, we make up a really big batch of this and store it in the freezer, grabbing pre-measured out bags when we need them. Though, I will admit, we always run out way too fast! We make this at least once a month.

So, when we went to mix up another batch, we thought it would be fun to share it with all of you! It’s in SO many of our savory recipes already on the blog (Chicken Parmesan, Tomato Arugula and Feta Pizza, and Zucchini Lasagna just to name a few!!) and it just made sense to share the recipe.

Though, I will be honest, if you’ve read the blog before, you know that I am the only person in my family that doesn’t like tomatoes. Just a weird quirk that I have, I will never be able to figure it out, but this tomato sauce…I could eat BOWLS of this stuff without a complaint!

There’s just something about it, you know?

It’s full of flavor, herbaceous, a touch spicy, and it just tastes like something that’s been cooking on the stove for hours and hours. Like, that’s how much depth it has! But, in all honesty, this recipe is ready to eat in 45 minutes or less.

cropped overhead shot of tomato sauce in cast iron pot with basil sprig on handle, wooden spoon beside, herbs, fresh tomatoes, and garlic cloves around on marble surface

It’s the perfect sauce for anything, anytime of year, for any diet. It’s definitely the recipe we make the most on our blog, but it’s also just our absolute favorite!

The best part? This sauce is genuinely so much better than anything you could buy and SO easy to make.

Reasons You Will Love This Tomato Sauce

  • Naturally vegan, gluten free, keto, and pretty much any other diet!
  • Full of flavor without any effort.
  • Ready in about 45 minutes or less.
  • Perfect for stirring into pasta dishes, casseroles, spreading on pizza, or enjoying just as a soup.
  • A real crowd pleaser.
  • Can be made ANY time of year!
  • Freezes really well.
overhead shot of pot of tomato sauce on marble surface with basil sprigs, tomatoes on the vine, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes around, with wooden spoon and stack of white plates beside with a cheese cloth

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped Onions
  • Whole Tomatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt
  • Fresh Basil
bowl of whole tomatoes with juice, chopped onion, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, salt, olive oil, basil, and oregano on marble surface

How To Make Tomato Sauce

Step 1: Sauté onions

Sauté the onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 2: Add tomatoes and cook

Add the tomatoes, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a bubble (not a full rolling boil). Reduce the heat to medium to medium low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3: Add basil and purée

Add the basil and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Use an immersion blender to puree sauce until smooth.

tomato sauce in large stock pot

What To Make With Tomato Sauce

With this tomato sauce recipe, the possibilities are ENDLESS! Though, here are a few of our absolute favorite things to make for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner.

How To Store

Once this tomato sauce is made and cooled, the best way to store it is in freezer safe zip top bags! We like to freeze it in 1 cup measurements that way when grabbing some for a recipe, we know exactly how much to use. The tomato sauce will keep about 3-4 months in the freezer. To thaw, just place on the counter at room temperature for about 30 minutes, run it under some hot water for 3-5 minutes and place it in a pot over low heat to fully reheat.

Substitutions

  • You can use fresh tomatoes in this recipe.
  • Dried herbs can be used in place of fresh. Though, the amounts will need to be adjusted! About 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and 1 teaspoon of dried basil.
pulled back angled shot of tomato sauce in cast iron pot on marble surface with tomatoes, basil sprigs, bowl of red pepper flakes around, and stack of white plates

Expert Tips

  • This recipe makes a very large amount of tomato sauce!
  • 12 cups of tomatoes is equal to one 102 oz. can of whole tomatoes. You can also use seven 15 oz. cans of chopped/diced tomatoes.
  • If cooking with whole tomatoes, be sure to break them apart as they cook!
  • With the herbs, they do not need to be chopped before adding to the sauce.
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can put this in a blender or food processor. Just be very careful!
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, keto/low carb friendly.

When you make this Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

overhead shot of tomato sauce with white cheese cloth, fresh herbs around, wooden spoon, and tomatoes around

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Traci
Simple, quick, and full of flavor! This one pot Homemade Tomato Sauce is the cozy and healthy recipe you'll be wanting all year long. Perfect for stirring into pasta dishes, used on pizzas, in casseroles, or just served on it's own like soup! It's so simple, but the possibilities are endless.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian/American
Servings 3 quarts
Calories 294 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 12 cups whole canned tomatoes
  • 1 head garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil

Instructions

  • Sauté onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • Bring to a bubble (not a full rolling boil).
  • Reduce heat to medium to medium low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add basil and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree sauce.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • You can use fresh tomatoes in this recipe.
  • Dried herbs can be used in place of fresh. Though, the amounts will need to be adjusted! About 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and 1 teaspoon of dried basil
 
Expert Tips:
  • This recipe makes a very large amount of tomato sauce!
  • 12 cups of tomatoes is equal to one 102 oz. can of whole tomatoes. You can also use seven 15 oz. cans of chopped/diced tomatoes.
  • If cooking with whole tomatoes, be sure to break them apart as they cook!
  • With the herbs, they do not need to be chopped before adding to the sauce.
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can put this in a blender or food processor. Just be very careful!
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, keto/low carb friendly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 22gSodium: 984mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    I just finish making this for the first time and I can’t stop standing over the bowl with my loaf of bread dunking it in for each bite. This is seriously amazing sauce and I’m definitely not someone who can cook. I can bake but savory food is normally out of my wheelhouse. Tomorrow I’m going to be trying the zucchini Lasagna recipe and after tasting this sauce I’m super excited!