Homemade Tomato Sauce

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

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 the tomato sauce for twelve hours.

Our Homemade Tomato Sauce recipe uses anchovy paste and Worcestershire sauce, two ingredients loaded with umami, to help bring the other ingredients to life and are what makes the sauce taste like it was cooked all day.

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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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 686mg 29%
Potassium 81mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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