Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Nothing beats basic homemade tomato sauce…it’s fresh, delicious, versatile and eco-friendly!  Make sure to stock up when local tomatoes are in season!

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Course cooking sauce, pasta
Servings 4 cups
Calories 70 kcal


  • 3 lbs fresh tomatoes (about 8 medium)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tbsp lemon juice


  • Remove stems or leaves, if necessary, from tomatoes. It is not necessary to remove the core or seeds.
  • Drop tomatoes in the blender and blend until smooth, in batches if needed. You should end up with about 8 cups of puree.
  • Put the puree in a large saucepan, straining through a mesh colander, if desired, to remove seeds. Add salt.
  • Simmer on low for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Hack: Store sauce, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze cooled sauce in one-cup servings in sealed freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 6 months.
  • Hack: To make tomato paste, double line mesh colander with cheesecloth and place in a bowl. Put 1 cup of cooled tomato sauce in the colander. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Using cheesecloth, squeeze out any remaining liquid. Yield: 3 tbsp.
  • Hack:  If you have leftover tomatoes and no time to make a sauce, simply puree them in the blender and freeze the fresh puree in sealed freezer bags or containers to cook with at a later date.
Keyword easy, fresh tomatoes, homemade, pasta, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, tomato puree, tomato sauce, too many tomatoes

For more ways to deal with an overabundance of fresh tomatoes during the growing season, click here for advice for saving them for later use!

Suggestion:  Use this fresh tomato sauce to make spicy Spanish rice or homemade chili beans!

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