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How To Make A Simple Tomato Sauce

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Making your own tomato sauce is very easy and it is so delicious that it is worth making it every time you need it. Have some very ripe tomatoes on hand and prepare this homemade tomato sauce for your pasta or pizza.

Say goodbye to store bought tomato sauces, you can have a homemade tomato sauce in just 40 minutes. You can double or triple the amounts in this recipe and freeze it, like this you will always have a delicious homemade sauce on hand.

Get some very red and ripe tomatoes, if you find some good tomatoes, the result will be incredible.

Ingredients you need to make the best Homemade Tomato Sauce

To make a tomato sauce, you need few ingredients.

  • Tomatoes: choose some good ripe tomatoes, the better the tomatoes the better the sauce will be
  • Salt: give it some flavor with table salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • Pepper: add pepper to taste
  • Sugar: the tomato sauce needs some sugar, depending on the acidity that the tomatoes have, you will use more or less
  • Concentrated tomato paste: I always use concentrated tomato to give depth of flavor
  • Basil: In my opinion, everything is better with basil. Including this tomato sauce. Preferably use fresh basil
  • Olive oil: and last but not least, olive oil, preferably extra virgin.

Kitchen tools you need to make this homemade tomato sauce

You don't need much to make a delicious sauce.

  • Pans: You need two pots, one large one, to put the tomatoes in for a short boil, to peel them. And another pot to make the tomato sauce
  • Potato press or blender: Depending on the consistency you want for your sauce, you can mash the tomatoes with a potato press to get a chunky sauce. Or you can put the sauce in the blender to have a sauce without tomato chunks.

Choosing the tomatoes for the sauce

Any tomato that tastes good can be used to make tomato sauce, it's that simple. When I buy tomatoes to make tomato sauce at home, I look for tomatoes that look good, are red and ripe. Avoid tomatoes that still need to ripen.

Buying ripe tomatoes is not the only thing that matters. For example, it is not worth buying tomatoes at €5 per kilo. When buying tomatoes, I buy the best from the cheapest ones. In this recipe I have used bush tomatoes, they were the best looking and the cheapest.

How to make the best tomato sauce

Nobody likes a tomato sauce that has bits of skin on it, so you will have to peel the tomatoes. It sounds like a lot of work, but it's not. Bring a pot of water to a boil, in which you can fit the tomatoes. Put the tomatoes in for 1 minute and take them out. Most people, when removing the tomatoes from the water, place them in a large bowl of cold water with ice cubes. This process is done to stop the cooking process and so that the tomatoes can be peeled without burning your hands. However, I skip that step, I let the tomatoes cool down a bit while I wash some dishes or hang the clothes.

Peel the tomatoes and cut them into cubes. Now, depending on whether you like a chunky or non-chunky sauce, we do one or the other.

Sauce with chunks: put a little olive oil in the pot and add the tomatoes. Add salt, sugar and pepper to taste and cover. Leave it for about 20 minutes and add the basil and concentrated tomato. Now mash the tomatoes with a potato press and leave for another 10 minutes.

Sauce without chunks: for a sauce without chunks, put the pieces of tomato into the blender. Beat for a few seconds, don't beat too long. Put a little olive oil in the pot and add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and pepper. Leave for about 20 minutes with the lid closed. Once this time has passed, add the basil and concentrated tomato and leave for another 10 minutes.

Now you can use the tomato sauce to prepare a delicious pizza carrée, a Bolognese sauce or whatever you feel like.

Below are some frequently asked questions if you do not find the answer, you can leave a comment below.

Can I leave the tomato sauce for a longer time on the fire?

Yes, you can leave the sauce from 30 to 90 minutes. By cooking the sauce for 30 minutes, you will get a fresher and lighter sauce. The longer you leave the sauce, the more concentrated it will be. Instead of watching the cooking time, you can leave the sauce on the fire until it has the desired consistency.

How much sauce will I have?

With this recipe, you will have enough sauce to make a delicious pasta for 4-5 people or a pizza carrée.

What do I do if I need more?

If you need more tomato sauce, just double the amounts.

Can it be frozen?

Yeah! Many times I double the recipe so that I can freeze half. When you are going to use it, take it out of the freezer and that's it. Much better than using store bought tomato sauce.

Can I add onion or garlic?

Yes, you can add onion or garlic, or both. This recipe is a basic tomato sauce, but you can add whatever you like. Add the onion and/or garlic at the beginning.

How long can I keep tomato sauce in the fridge?

You can keep the sauce for about 5 days in the fridge.

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How To Make A Simple Tomato Sauce

How To Make A Simple Tomato Sauce

Recipe by Oum Bilal

Making a basic tomato sauce is easier and faster than you think. Ripe fresh tomatoes and a bit of fresh makes a delicious tomato sauce. Make this delicious pizza carrée or Algerian pizza.

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  • 1.5 kg mature tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 5 basil leaves

  • 1 tablespoon concentrated tomato paste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Boil water in a large pot. When the water boils, add the tomatoes and leave them for 1 minute. Take them out and let them cool a bit.
  • Cut the tomatoes into pieces. If you would like to have a sauce without chunks, put the tomatoes in the blender for a few seconds. If you prefer a chunky sauce, skip this step.
  • Put the olive oil in a sauce pot and add the tomato, salt, pepper and sugar. Leave it on medium heat for about 20 minutes with the lid on.
  • After 20 minutes, add the basil and concentrated tomato and leave another 10 minutes with the lid on.


  • If you prefer a more concentrated sauce, you can leave it on the fire for a longer time.
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