Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce in a dark pot in a concrete background

Simple, easy, and quick! This tomato sauce has tons of flavor and can used for so many dishes.



23 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cups chopped onion 

102 ounce can chopped tomatoes*

1 head garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (1012 stems)

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

11/2 teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil (about 1/2 cup fresh leaves)


  1. Sweat onions in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add tomatoes and garlic.
  3. Stir in oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  4. Bring to a bubble (not a full rolling boil).
  5. Reduce heat to medium to medium low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add basil and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Use an immersion blender to puree sauce.


*If you don’t have that ultra large can of tomatoes, feel free to substitute 3 28-ounce cans + 1 14.5-ounce can. Or the same amount of fresh, if you’re lucky enough to have them!


Keywords: tomato, tomato sauce, homemade