clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
bowl of tomato sauce + basil, garlic, bread, tomatoes on white countertop

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce recipe

When life gets in the way, Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce recipe can be ready in 15 minutes! It's a fresh, delicious alternative to sauce in the jar.

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x


  • 4 Large ripe Tomatoes or 8 Roma Tomatoes (or substitute 1 29 oz can crushed tomatoes)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 C sliced green onions
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 C olive oil


  1. Peel and chop garlic cloves.
  2. In a large sauté pan, add oil, garlic and green onions and sauté over medium low heat for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Dice tomatoes into small pieces. Add to sauté pan and cook down, stirring often (about 10 minutes).
  4. At this point you can use an emulsion blender if you like a smoother sauce. If not, go ahead and add the sugar and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Tear basil leaves and add to sauce.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve over your favorite pasta.


  • If you don't have homegrown tomatoes, use canned San Marzano tomatoes (whole or crushed tomatoes both work).
  • If you prefer a smooth sauce (not chunky), use an emulsion blender (or put it in the food processor) before serving.
  • For a spicy version of this sauce, check out our Arrabbiata Sauce recipe.
  • To store: place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 3/4 C
  • Calories: 54
  • Sugar: 6.6 g
  • Sodium: 10.2 mg
  • Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.6 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: tomato, sauce, vegetarian, tomato sauce, easy, dinner, pasta, Italian, fresh, homemade

dirty lemon basil martini

free email bonus

5 Secrets to Summer Entertaining

Tips & recipes from an experienced chef to make you the host with the most!