Everyday Tomato Sauce

There’s no need for a long speech or introduction here. It is what you think it is; a simple and straight forward tomato sauce, but one that you should have in your repertoire nonetheless. Put it on pasta, pizza, polenta, dip bread and calzones in it. This should replace any jarred tomato sauce that you may have lying in the depths of your pantry.

– and that’s all there is, there isn’t anymore

Everyday Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
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  • 3T – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 23g / 5ea – Garlic Cloves, sliced thin
  • 185g / 1small – Yellow Onion, small dice
  • 1t – Chili Flake (optional, or more to taste)
  • 28oz can – Canned Tomato, blended if tomatoes are whole or diced
  • 1t – Kosher Salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1/2t – Pepper (+ more to taste)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in an appropriately sized pot and add garlic and onion.
  2. Continue to cook until everything is very very soft, about 5min. Then stir in salt, pepper and chili flake if using.
  3. Add tomato and simmer for 30-45min (the actual time will depend on the water content of the tomatoes you are using).
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning.

*I will sometimes double this recipe simply by adding an additional can of tomato and adjusting the seasoning, but leaving the other amounts the same. This gives me enough sauce to freeze and have on hand for other recipe uses or for a layup lunch or dinner. Further eliminating the need to buy jars of pasta sauce.

*If you’re using this sauce for a pasta application and you’re not counting calories, go ahead and throw a pat of butter in while you are tossing (and you should be tossing) your noodles in the pan with the sauce/pasta water. It’s what the pros do, or so I’m told. Cat’s out of the bag.

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