Homemade Tomato Sauce


June 22, 2018

Emily Richards, P.H.Ec., share with Canada Beef her recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce. This is as close to her mom and Nonna's sauce that she could get. Using homemade canned tomatoes makes a difference but many people don't get a chance to can their own tomatoes. Emily wanted to offer her readers a recipe for a tomato sauce using store-bought canned tomatoes that was easy to make and still tasted great.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yields: Makes 5 cups sauce


2 cans (28 oz/796 mL) plum tomatoes

6 sprigs fresh Italian parsley

2 sprigs fresh basil

1 small onion, halved

2 cloves garlic, halved

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes


In a food mill or blender, puree tomatoes until smooth and pout into large saucepan.

Add parsley, basil, onion, garlic, oil, oregano, salt and hot pepper flakes.

Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; cook for about 2 hours or until reduced slightly and thickened.

General Cooking notes: This sauce is perfect for pasta or any other dish that uses tomato sauce, like veal cutlets, pizza or meatballs. It's simple and tasty and also freezes beautifully.


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