Homemade Tomato Sauce

Once you've made this Homemade Tomato Sauce, you'll want to pour it on everything you eat. This simple tomato sauce recipe makes enough to serve 8 hungry folks.  If you don't have that many to feed at once, then put the leftover sauce up in the freezer for another meal.  You'll be glad you did.  Trust me.


  • 2 (28 ounce) can diced or whole tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 to 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Use either an immersion blender or drink blender to puree tomatoes, set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and celery in oil until soften.  Add in garlic and spices; cook 1 minute; stir occasionally.  Stir in pureed tomatoes.  Cover with lid, allow for stream to escape.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Now at this point, you will have a slightly chunky tomato sauce.  (See the picture below.)

However, if you prefer a smooth sauce, you'll want to use the immersion blender, again, to puree the sauce.  You can also use a drink blender to do the same job.  Just be careful handling while handling the hot tomato sauce.  Hold down the top to the drink blender when you turn it on.  The heat from the sauce will make it POP off and you'll have hot food on you and all over the counter.

After the sauce is pureed, carefully pass it through a sieve that is set over a medium bowl.  Use a rubber spatula to press the sauce through the sieve.  Be sure to scrape the bottom of the sieve, too.  Don't waste any of the sauce.  It all goes into the bowl.  Discard any vegetable and spice bits.  This is a very important step that gives you a deliciously smooth sauce.

If you have kids or adults that don't like chunky pasta sauces, but you like sauces with a lot of flavor, this is your happy place.  Leftover tomato sauce freezes very well and can easily be reheated in the microwave without losing any of its great flavor.

Now you just need to bake up some meatballs in the oven and you'll have a great spaghetti and meatballs dinner ready.

  • Great Thingi.. Will help to save some money in the times of slowdown 🙂

  • I’m on my way to Atlanta, stop and take a break in El Paso, read this post and start driving again. What do I see at about 11pm just off of I-20 in Weatherford? A Brookshire’s!! But they were closed.

    I will try the recipe with Hunts (do I have a choice??????)

    Sounds good.

  • Oh Potato Chef! Stop at a Whole Foods market in Birmingham, Alabama or there’s several in the Atlanta area.

    For sure Whole Foods carries them. I’m not a food snob by any means. But please seek these tomatoes out and try them, they really have a WONDERFUL FLAVOR unlike any canned tomato I’ve ever eaten.

    Let me go one further- Have you ever smelled canned whole tomatoes & felt compelled to eat one out of the can?

    San Marzano tomatoes have a fresh, sweet aroma and taste. When you buy them, go ahead and eat a whole tomato. Careful, they’re full of juice.
    Don’t salt & pepper it, just eat it.

    This has me thinking. I should do a taste comparison and line out the top brands of whole tomatoes, with a store brand and San Marzano. I’ll get my friends to come over and taste them right out of the can, then cook them up in a very basic tomato sauce. We’ll taste the sauce and see if in the end, it’s worth being picky about buying canned tomatoes.

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