Everyday Tomato Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pizza
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 50kcal
This versatile 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 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. 
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  • 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.


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