Homemade Tomato Sauce

What makes this tomato sauce recipe stand out is how the addition of a few ingredients deepens the tomatoes’ natural flavors.
Everyday Tomato Sauce Recipe

This versatile homemade tomato sauce recipe is a great starting place for pizza and pasta dishes. What makes this recipe stand out is how the addition of a few ingredients deepens the tomatoes’ natural flavors.

How to make Homemade Tomato Sauce

So many tomato sauce recipes try to use as few ingredients as possible and end up tasting like a can of tomatoes got dumped on your food, or they go the other way and ask you to cook everything for twelve hours.

Our recipe uses anchovy paste and Worcestershire sauce, two ingredients loaded with umami, to deepen the sauce’s flavor profile and bring the other ingredients to life.  They also help make the sauce taste like it was cooked all day. If you want to learn more about incorporating more umami flavors into your cooking read Everything You Need to Know About Umami.

One thing you won’t find in this recipe is lots of added sugar.  So many of the recipes we researched while developing this one have tons of extra sugar, which makes no sense to us unless you’re trying to duplicate grocery store tomato sauce or pick up an extra cavity or two.

Everyday tomato sauce being cooked
The sauce only takes around 30 minutes to cook but tastes like it was cooked all-day

Because this sauce only needs 30 minutes of cooking time, it’s easy to make as you’re prepping the other parts of dinner.  It’s also easy to double the recipe and freeze it, so it’s on hand whenever you’re hungry for homemade Italian.

One of our favorite ways to use this sauce is on homemade pizza cooked on cast iron, which is delicious from the grill or in the oven.  The sauce is also fantastic on pasta dishes.

The tomato sauce is delicious on pizza
The tomato sauce is delicious on pizza
Everyday Tomato Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tomato Sauce

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 cups


  • 28 oz diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste, concentrated
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced


  • Using the olive oil sauté the onion and garlic on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, anchovy paste, and Worcestershire sauce and give everything a good stir. Continue cooking for a few minutes while stirring, to make sure nothing burns.
  • Add the tomatoes, including juice, along with the fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and oregano. Let everything come to a boil, then turn the heat down to a low simmer and add the basil.
  • Cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring every once in a while, to let the flavors come together.
  • This recipe works well with diced or crushed tomatoes. The diced tomatoes create a thicker, chunkier sauce while the crushed tomato sauce is smoother.
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Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 81mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. I was making some homemade spaghetti sauce and found your site by accident. My sauce was lacking something and I saw the suggestion of adding both anchovy paste and worcestershire sauce to give it more flavor. Since I had both of these items on hand and which I very rarely use, decided to give it a try. Wow! who knew that the addition of these 2 condiments would add umami to my sauce. Thanks.

    1. Glad we could help out!