Everyday Tomato Sauce

  • Everyday tomato sauce
    Everyday tomato sauce is great starting place for pizza and pasta dishes
  • Everyday tomato sauce being cooked
    The sauce only takes around 30 minutes to cook, but tastes like it cooked all day
  • Everyday tomato sauce in grilled chicken and black olive pasta dish
    The tomato sauce works great in this grilled chicken and black olive pasta dish
  • The sauce has enough flavor that it works really well as a marinara sauce
    The sauce has enough flavor that it works really well as a marinara sauce
  • The tomato sauce is delicious on pizza
    The tomato sauce is delicious on pizza


This versatile tomato sauce recipe is a great starting place for pizza and pasta dishes.  What makes this 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 Everyday 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.


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


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 cups

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Using the olive oil sauté the onion and garlic on medium heat for a couple of minutes.

Add in 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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June 10, 2016


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