Tomato Sauce Recipes

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October 3, 2019

sauce on spaghettiI can't believe how fast it is to make good homemade tomato sauce. The secret is pureeing the tomatoes with skins on, first! Great and easy way to use all your garden tomato abundance. Check this out!


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 12 cups tomatoes, any type - cherry, plum, beefsteak
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 sweet peppers
  • to taste Italian spices of your choice (I used fresh basil, oregano, & rosemary)
  • 3 cloves garlic (I used jarred)
  • Optional: Not Shown
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or your favorite flour


  1. Core tomatoes and slice into quarters.
  2. Fast and Easy Garden Tomato Sauce
  3. Add to blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Fast and Easy Garden Tomato Sauce
  5. Add to a pot and turn on low/medium.
  6. Fast and Easy Garden Tomato Sauce

  7. Core and quarter your onion and peppers. Puree them.
  8. quartered onion & peppers
    onions & peppers in blender
  9. Add the pureed onion and pepper into a oiled pan and cook a few minutes until soft and transparent a bit.
  10. Fast and Easy Garden Tomato Sauce
  11. Add to your pot of pureed tomato. Continue cooking on medium.
  12. adding onions & peppers to tomato sauce
  13. Cut up fresh or just add your choice of seasonings to the pot.
  14. chopped herbs
    adding chopped herbs to sauce

  15. Within thirty minutes my sauce tasted good! Some folks like to add some brown sugar and salt to enhance the flavor. Some add a bit of flour to thicken. There is a split pea flour that I have added to the recipe (only 1/4 cup) but just experiment. It worked and tasted great!
  16. mixing sauce
  17. I left mine cook longer because I am used to having a slow cooked sauce and like that flavor. I made my spaghetti noodles and we had a lovely meal!
  18. sauce on spaghetti
  19. I ended up using some of the final product as a pizza sauce the next day, too!
  20. Tomato Sauce on pizza

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October 26, 2010

This is a great mild red sauce that the kids can help make. This year I made a double batch using fresh tomatoes from the garden, rather than the canned tomatoes, and processed it in pint jars using the hot water bath canning method.

A pot of tomato sauce being cooked.

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September 2, 2009

I recently decided to make my own spaghetti sauce. I buy an institutional size can (106 oz.) of ground and peeled tomatoes at a Sam's Club type store for approximately $2.50, and then add my Italian seasoning.

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October 10, 2018

If you garden, or can get tomatoes cheaply, this is a way to use them and enjoy them when winter comes. I froze my tomatoes to make them easier to skin.


If you use fresh tomatoes, plunge them in boiling water and then in ice water to skin them.

Tomato Sauce on string beans on dinner plate

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December 7, 2007

Saute' garlic and onion in oil; add celery, green pepper, tomatoes, sugar, salt and water. Tie bay leaf, peppercorns and cloves in cheesecloth bag; then add. Cook slowly, uncovered, 20 minutes.

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September 22, 2000

Photo of a pan with homemade spaghetti sauce in it.Can anybody post good recipes for spaghetti sauce. I have an abundance of tomatoes from the garden, but I don't want to can them. Can I make the sauce and freeze it in freezer bags? I also have tons of cherry tomatoes. Thanks a bunch!



November 30, 20000 found this helpful
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Yes, you can make spaghetti sauce and freeze it. It works very well. You can also use this method to make other tomato products, including juice. First, you will want to peel the tomatoes. I hate to throw away the nutrition in peels, but tomato skin in sauce just gets stuck between teeth. Drop the tomatoes into boiling water just until the skins split. Then, quickly remove them, and cool them. The skin will pull off easily. You may also wish to remove the seeds; slit open and scoop the seeds out with your fingers. You can save those skins (and seeds) to flavor a broth, and then compost them.


Now, mash or blend or puree the pulp. Now's your chance to have tomato sauce that is just as chunky or smooth as you prefer. Pour your sauce into a pot or pan of suitable size, simmer, and add spices and herbs to your taste. You might add a little salt or a bit of sugar. Sometimes it helps to add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice, especially if you are making tomato juice.

Some herbs and spices that go well with tomatoes are: onion, garlic, oregano, sage, marjoram, thyme, parsley, cilantro, celery, and celery seed. If you want to experiment a bit more, you could try a bit of onion and garlic, some lemon juice, and balance with a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg. Taste as you go, using the two-spoon method.

The two-spoon method of tasting: use one spoon for getting some of the food from the cooking vessel, and pour that into the spoon that you taste from. I know that the French chefs on TV don't go to that much bother, but saliva does contain enzymes that break down food, and cooking kills germs, but not all enzymes. Always be careful never to get saliva into food that will be stored!

Once you get the flavor you desire, and the mixture is heated all through, you have a finished product you can freeze, if you don't eat it all up right away!

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Extra tomatoes can simply be put through a food processor or a blender and frozen for later use. I use the puree for any tomatoes needed in cooking (soups, sauces, etc.) as well as for raw salsa all year round.

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August 31, 2009

I am looking for a recipe using hamburger meat with tomato sauce.

By Dan Lawrence from Santa Fe, NM


September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Hamburger Skillet Stew

By chef samantha
Created 22 Jun 2009 - 4:55am

Hamburger skillet stew is a filling and heavy stew made with ground beef and breadcrumbs. Cooked with eggs, and flavored with Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, onion, carrots, potatoes and green beans, the hamburger skillet stew can be served with rice or soft dinner rolls.
1 lb. lean ground beef 1/2 c. fine dry bread crumbs 14 c. finely chopped onion 1 egg Salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 8-oz. cans tomato sauce 2 tbsp. Wesson oil 1 Ige. onion, quartered 4 med. carrots, sliced 2 small potatoes, quartered 1 c. water 1 pkg. frozen cut green beans
Combine beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Shape into 16 balls. Brown in hot oil in large skillet. Add onion, carrots, potatoes, water and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour in remaining sauce. Cover; simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add beans during last 30 minutes of cooking time.

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October 13, 20090 found this helpful

Here's a recipe my Mom used to make.

Porcupine Meatballs

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 tsp. pepper
2/3 c. minute rice, uncooked
1/4 c. chopped onions
2 tbsp. shortening
1 tsp. salt
1 c. water
2 sm. cans tomato sauce
Garlic salt to taste

Mix beef, rice, onions, and seasonings in medium mixing bowl. Form small balls. Fry in hot shortening, turning often until well browned. Drain well. Add tomato sauce and water. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

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April 28, 2014

Could I use the Nutribullet Extractor instead of a food grinder on whole tomatoes (minus stem and leaves, of course) and then pour them into sterilized glass Mason canning jars and pressure cook for canning as tomato sauce? I have done lots of canning and want to put up my own spaghetti sauce, but would rather not have to spend the extra money on a food grinder.

Also, if the tomatoes are washed, wouldn't there be more nutrients by pulverizing the skin and seeds into the sauce? I think this is worth looking into if you are a serious canner! Also, the thickness of the sauce would be adjustable as to how much water/chunk tomato you use. Thanks in advance for any ideas/advice.

By Wendy S.

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January 30, 2018

Using canned or fresh tomatoes, you can make a delicious red sauce to use in many different dishes. This page is about basic red tomato sauce.

A pot of tomato sauce being cooked.

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April 14, 2016

A bumper tomato crop or a great deal that the market may provide you with enough tomatoes to make your own sauce. This is a page about homemade tomato sauce.

Close-up of tomato sauce being stirred with a spoon

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