Mason Jar With Homemade Tomato Sauce

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh! That’s the best way to describe this a-ma-zing tomato sauce. I have always bought store bought tomato sauce (which leaves much to be desired) but now I’ve found my go to sauce. This sauce is the perfect topping for pasta and homemade pizza. I used this sauce to top a deliciously healthy cauliflower crust (I’ll be sharing that very soon!).

This sauce is SO easy and requires very few fresh ingredients. I bought local tomatoes, onion, and garlic from the Farmers Market in Union Square.

Heirloom tomatoes of different colors

I picked up this basil plant as well. I LOVE the smell of fresh basil and this plant makes for a cute little kitchen plant as well.

Basil Plant Sweet

I made this recipe on my day off because it requires so much time, but you could also make a few pots of this and freeze it so you have plenty of fresh sauce on hand. The best method for blanching and peeling your tomatoes is from the Yummy Life. 

I promise you once you make fresh homemade sauce you won’t want to buy store bought again. I could seriously eat this sauce plain!


A fresh tomato sauce recipe made with local tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic.

Fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe


  • 10 tomatoes (cored & peeled–see link in post)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh basil (fresh is SO much better for this recipe)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash and core tomatoes.
  2. Use the “blanch and peel” method recommended in post to peel the skin off tomatoes –this will save you so much time!
  3. Once you have 10 cored and peeled tomatoes place them in a large pot on the stove (medium heat).
  4. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over tomatoes and cover for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes use a large spoon to move tomatoes around (moving tomatoes from top to the bottom and bottom to top)
  6. Cover for another 15 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Uncover and change heat to medium low.
  8. Cook for another five hours on medium low heat stirring and mashing tomatoes with a wooden spoon every hour over time.
  9. After five hours your tomatoes should resemble a chunky sauce consistency. At this point you want to add your five cloves of garlic (No need to cut or mash- put them in whole) as well as your diced onion.
  10. After another hour the garlic and onion should be soft enough to mash into sauce.
  11. Once your sauce has reached your desired thickness you can remove it from the heat and stir in 1 cup fresh basil.
  12. Add salt to taste and use your sauce for your favorite pasta or pizza dish!
    Pizza With Homemade Tomato Sauce
  13. Or place it on pasta…
    Homemade Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti


Adapted from Food.Com