Homemade Tomato Sauce: My family’s tomato sauce that has been passed down through generations. This recipe is the perfect balance and is sure to become your all-purpose tomato sauce.
My most favorite thing to do with my homemade bread is to dip it in a pot of homemade simmering tomato sauce.
Of course I love a good pasta dish as much as the next person….BUT give me a slice of bread and my mom’s homemade tomato sauce and I am in heaven! Many times while cooking this sauce, I end up spoiling my dinner. I can’t stop dipping huge chunks of fresh bread into this sauce! And I had my serving of veggies from the sauce and whole grains from the bread–so I guess we can call that dinner!
I have slightly adapted the recipe that has been passed down in my family–it used to be made with an entire stick of butter and several tablespoons of sugar. Trust me, it was good, and feel free to make it that way–but this way is just a delicious to me and that is saying something considering how near and dear the sauce has always been to my heart growing up.
Homemade Tomato Sauce
- 1 28oz low sodium tomato sauce or puree
- 1 Tbs oregano
- 1 18 oz can of tomato paste
- 2 tsp basil
- 2¼ cup water (fill the tomato paste can with water)
- 1 tsp rosemary leaves
- 3 Tbs parsley
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 Tbs honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- Simmer all ingredients on low fro 3-5 hours. Remove garlic cloves and bay leaves.
The greatest thing about this sauce (besides the dipping opportunity it creates for bread), is that it makes a ton and can be used in so many ways. I use this in so many recipes ranging from soups, pizzas, casseroles, to just a dipping sauce.
That is why I recommend making a large batch and freeze in 1-2 cup portions for later use (by cooking and storing in 1 cup freezer safe bags or containers).
You can also add veggies to this sauc by adding in 1/2 cup pureed sweet potato, carrot or pumpkin. No one will ever know! In fact, my mom said she did this all the time to us kids as we were growing up.
My favorite ways to use this sauce are: