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Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe Delicious and Quick

Updated on February 1, 2016

This is a very tasty tomato sauce recipe that I cook each week. I don’t feel prepared if I haven’t got some freshly made tomato sauce in the fridge because I add it to dishes like pasta, lasagna, rice, casseroles, soups, and even scrambled eggs!

It's so quick and easy to boil up some pasta and dress it with rich tomato sauce and then top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Then you just toss a fresh salad and some baby spinach leaves (extremely good for you) in olive oil and lemon juice, add a few olives and there you have it - a healthy meal for a very hungry family!

My mum was Italian and she used to cook this every Saturday morning ready for the week. My grandmother did exactly the same in Italy.

She came from a very beautiful part of northern Italy on the Ligurian coast, a small coastal town called Rapallo near to the magnificent Cinque Terre. Here's a link to wonderful holiday in Italy - after all I am called AdventureTravels!

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But that’s just the beginning because it's amazing how many dishes require a simple tomato sauce base, so making this each week saves me hours of preparation time during the week.

Here are some recipe ideas for your tomato sauce:

  • Have you ever tried scrambled eggs with tomato sauce? They are absolutely delicious! All you do is add a tablespoon of sauce to the eggs when they are almost done -you won't believe how tasty they are served with a chunk of garlic bread!
  • Or have you tried putting a spoonful on top of a baked potato with a drizzle of olive oil and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top - delicious and simple and most importantly very nutritious.
  • Or you could open a can of tuna fish and add it to the pasta and sauce - that's absolutely delicious and also very good for you.
  • Or you could add some spices and lentils and/or cauliflower and make a delicious vegetarian curry.


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Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome

If you want the sauce to be smooth then just blend it with one of these. I do this because my son doesn't like the onions bits in his sauce. These are very convenient, easy to clean, dishwasher friendly, come in different colors, and are fab for making soups and smoothies too..

 

Here’s the very simple tomato sauce recipe I prepare on automatic pilot.

The secret is to make sure you fry the onion and garlic until they are soft and the oil separates from them, and then add the tomatoes and a couple of cups of water. Make sure you bring the it to a strong boil until the water starts to reduce a bit, and then let it simmer gently with a lid on for about an hour - keep topping up the water and letting the sauce become dry again, do this a few times and the flavor will deepen and enrich. Take the lid off after about half an hour.

I use organic peeled plum tomatoes – the chopped ones don’t have rich enough juice.

The herbs I use are usually bay leaves and rosemary from my garden, but you can use anything you fancy.


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  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
  • Yields: 4 pasta dishes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • Celery ( 2 sticks, peeled and diced)
  • Tomato Puree - 1 tablespoon
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 2 Medium onions
  • 2 Cans of Peeled Organic Plum Tomatoes (peeled and chopped very finely)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 twigs of rosemary (remove after cooking is complete)
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop all the vegetables as finely a possible in a food processor or using a mezza luna
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, heat the butter and olive oil
  3. Add all the chopped vegetables to the pan and fry on a medium heat until the onions are see through or everything starts to soften and the flavors start to mix
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs and seasoning
  5. Fry on quite a high heat for about 5 more minutes - add a little water if necessary
  6. Cover the sauce with hot water and add a lid
  7. Boil for about an hour, never let it dry out. Keep adding water and stir occasionally
  8. The sauce is ready when the oil sits on the top of the tomatoes. See the picture
  9. If you prefer you can zap the sauce in a food processor to make it smooth
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Stainless Steel Rocking Mezzaluna Knife with Wood Handles, 10 Inch
Stainless Steel Rocking Mezzaluna Knife with Wood Handles, 10 Inch

I was brought up using a mezzaluna - no kitchen is without one in Italy. This one gets some great reviews and lots of 4 and 5 stars in Amazon.

 
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Seville Classics Easy-to-Clean Bamboo Cutting Board and 7 Color-Coded Flexible Cutting Mats with Food Icons Set

If, like me, you do a lot of chopping then these boards will help a lot. They are a bamboo board with different color coded boards that slide out so that you can keep hygienic in the kitchen. They are a nice design so you can use them for serving too. They keep you knives sharp and last a long time. Great!

 

Here's an article I wrote about making your own fresh pasta with an easy to use pasta machine Just click on this link to find a great homemade pasta recipe with step by step instructions.

Do you have your own tomato sauce recipe? Please leave a comment. Thanks very much for visiting

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Thank you so much. I really do appreciate your feedback.

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      R Beggs 3 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Nice recipe to have on hand. I gave you a thumbs up all the way. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Merrci: Yep it's my tip of the century! lol! Thanks for your visit.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks and sounds wonderful. What a good idea to keep some in the fridge for use during the week. That would make it so fast!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @AnonymousC831: Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. Make sure you let it boil quite hard for about an hour - just keep topping it up with water so it doesn't dry out. Thanks for your visit.

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Can't wait to try this. Great lens

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @shellys-space: It is very easy.Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Your tomato sauce recipe looks easy and yummy to make!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @philipcaddick: It is delicious and certainly doesn't need meat. Remember it needs to boil quite hard for about an hour until the oils have separated from the sauce and float on top. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Lynn Klobuchar: I agree about butter it makes the sauce taste richer. Thanks for your comment.

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      philipcaddick 3 years ago

      This is great, the whole idea of meatless becomes more attractive.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Butter is never optional! :-) Looks delicious.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @DebMartin: The carrots add a bit of sweetness and goodness. Thanks for your comment.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Carrots! Great addition. Your recipe is much like mine and then I say carrots! Cool. Will try.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @VioletteRose LM: Great let me know how what you think of it. I've just made mine for the week. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      looks great, I would definitely love to try this!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @BarbaraCasey: That's good to know. Just make sure you keep it bubbling till the oil separates - usually takes about an hour. And don't let it dry out. Thanks for your visit.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe. Printing for future use. I like the Muir Glen tomato products, too. Use them in all my sauces now.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @sierradawn lm: I'm so pleased. Enjoy it! Thanks for your visit and great comment.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Your recipe brought back the delightful smells and tastes of sleepovers with my Italian girlfriend on spaghetti night! Making it was a family affair and everyone got into the act and the fun. Your lens has inspired me to do a spaghetti night for my own family using your easy to follow instructions. Thanx!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @SusanDeppner: That's what I love about Squiddo - people are so honest! I can't stand the canned sauces - I was brought up by Italians - so I am a bit particular! Still if needs must they're fine too! Thanks for your visit.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I am so inspired! I've gotten lazy in recent years and resort to canned - well, canned lots of things but especially tomato products. Your photo and easy instructions are telling me to get off my lazy backside and feed my family right. Thanks for the kick!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @esmonaco: Yes but you must make sure it boils quite hard so keep adding water - it must not dry out. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Love that it's quick, the recipe that I make simmers for hours. Thanks.