Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Nothing beats basic homemade tomato sauce…it’s fresh, delicious and eco-friendly!  Local tomatoes are now available to us now so stock up!

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce
Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Basic HomemadeTomato Sauce

3 pounds fresh tomatoes (about 8 medium)

½ tsp salt

1 ½ tbls lemon juice

Remove stems, if necessary, from tomatoes. It is not necessary to remove 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 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.

Yield: 4 cups tomato sauce, 70 calories per cup

Hack: To make tomato paste, double line mesh colander with cheesecloth and place in bowl. Put 1 cup cooled tomato sauce in the colander. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Using cheesecloth, squeeze out any remaining liquid. Yield: 3 tbls.

Hack: Freeze cooled sauce in one cup servings in sealed freezer safe bags or containers for future use.

Hack:  If you have leftover tomatoes and no time to make 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.



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10 Replies to “Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this easy recipe! I actually followed along and made it myself. It was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend anyone giving this recipe a go. It’s even better because you can use as a sauce for pasta or in a lasagne say. Lots you can do with this! Thank you again! 

    1. I’m glad that you liked it. I’m a big fan of tomato-based meals (especially when they include any type of pasta) so that’s generally where most of my tomato sauce goes as well!

  2. I did not know we could freeze this. Very cool recipe. I like to make pizza once in awhile and I enjoy foods and sauces that are very spicy so I would ad garlic, onions , and cyanine pepper etc. The lemon juice is good for alkaline in our body. More alkaline the better. Good article!

    1. I’ve kept this recipe basic (a’la canned sauce) so that it could be used for many different purposes but I like the suggestions of adding spices in the initial preparation.  If these are spices you would use generally in tomato sauce, then it would only make sense to add them so the flavors can blend! Thank you for your comments!

  3. Hi Cynthia, another great recipe from you. I’ve often thought about making my own tomato sauce as there are so many preservatives and sugar in bought ones but I didn’t realize that it would be so easy. Keeping fit and healthy needs a bit of thought to head away from the processed food and make your own. I’m going to be using this and your hack to create tomato sauce and tomato paste that I can freeze and use when I need it. Lovely idea.

    1. I’m with you on this.  I had NO IDEA how much sugar and preservatives there are in jarred spaghetti sauce!  It’s right there on the label but I just never bothered to look.  Now it’s impossible to “unsee” it.

  4. Hello there, Cynthia! This is a really simple recipe and had no idea it was that simple. I am a big fan of Italian food. Now that I have this recipe, I feel like I will be experimenting and cooking even more Italian dishes. I wouldn’t have thought of freezing it if I need it at a later time. Thanks for creating this post!

    1. I am not Italian but my family’s roots are in a city that has a very large Italian population so I’m a big fan of all kinds of Italian recipes!  Thank you for your comments!

  5. Thank you for a wonderful recipe, with an image that does something to my tummy. Tomato sauce can be used in the preparation of a number of meals such as soups, pasta, meatball and stews. For all those who are health conscious people there  is nothing better than making your very own sauce

    1. I use tomatoes and tomato sauce a lot.  Like, really a lot.  I make large batches of this sauce during “tomato season” and freeze it!

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