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The Best Homemade Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Eat. Love. Namaste.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 80 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


The best 7-ingredient, homemade tomato sauce! Perfect for spaghetti or pizza night!


  • 46 heirloom tomatoes ((4 large or 6 medium/small))
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 sweet onion (diced)
  • 1 poblano pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon cane sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • pinch red chili flakes (optional)


Prepare the tomatoes:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1-3 tomatoes, and cook for 35 to 60 seconds until the skins start to wrinkle and split. Remove the tomatoes from the water and put them into a prepared ice bath or in a bowl with cold water, running continuously over them in the sink. Remove the skins from the tomatoes and put the tomatoes on a cutting board to cool. Roughly chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Make the sauce:

  1. Add 3 Tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and poblano pepper, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  To the skillet, add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper, and mix to combine. Reduce to medium-low and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour and a half (this time will vary depending on how many tomatoes you use), or until reduced in size. Add in the chopped basil and red chili flakes (optional) and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Use the sauce as is (chunky) or add to a blender to make a smooth sauce.
  • Category: Meal Recipes
  • Cuisine: Tomato Sauce

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