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Homemade Tomato Sauce

April 5, 2011
Homemade spaghetti tomato sauce with basil and garlic

It’s pretty easy to  make sauce from scratch. The best part is I can make it  taste exactly how I want it.  I learned this basic sauce recipe from watching my mom cook. She always makes a ton of homemade sauce, it seems like every time I visit. And the neat thing is that it is NEVER the same. It’s definitely a “little-of -this, little-of-that” kind of recipe. I have taken after my mom’s improvisational skills in the kitchen and I throw together what I have to make a sauce when I need it.

Below is my best attempt of  ingredient measurements to make a really good basic tomato garlic sauce.  Sometimes I like to add other things like broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, ground turkey, or spinach. Just go with it and throw what ever you feel like into the pot, and It will turn out delicious.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Makes enough sauce for a couple large bowls of spaghetti and enough for leftovers too.


  • 1 Can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 Cans tomato sauce (or 1 extra large can)
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 5 cloves garlic ( I like garlic)
  • About a half of a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • Garlic salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil

To Do:

  • Sauté the onion and minced garlic in about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot.
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the cans of tomato sauce, chunks, and paste.
  • Add pepper, parsley, garlic salt and a lot of basil to the sauce.
  • Simmer the sauce on a low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least a half hour to let the flavors blend.
  • When the sauce is just about done, add 1 tbs of brown sugar.
  • Now you must taste test! If it is too acidic add another tablespoon of brown sugar. Feel free to add more salt, pepper, or other seasonings as well.

After you taste it, don’t forget to kiss your fingers and throw them up while yelling, “Mamma-Mia! Molto bene!”

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