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Homemade Tomato Sauce

Stop buying jarred tomato sauce! This simple tomato sauce is all you need to create your tomato based dishes
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • 1 frypan, saute pan or saucepan
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 chef, slicing or utility knife
  • 1 can opener (if using canned tomatoes with no ring pull)
  • 1 garlic crusher (optional)
  • Blender (if you want a smoother sauce)


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 400 g Canned tomatoes (chopped, diced or plum) or passata
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • Salt and pepper


  • Dice and crush garlic.
  • Heat a little olive oil in a pan on a low heat. You can tell when it’s heated as the consistency will begin to thin and look more like water in the pan.
  • Once the oil is heated, add the crushed garlic. Keep on a low heat and cook so the garlic becomes aromatic but don’t let it become coloured.
  • Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon of each herb you’re using.
  • Stir the tomatoes and herbs in with the garlic to ensure it’s all combined.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  • Taste after 10 minutes and add more herbs, salt or pepper if needed. You can add a little water here if the sauce is too thick.
  • Remember to stir the sauce occasionally. You don’t want it to stick and stirring helps to distribute heat and flavour throughout.
  • The sauce is ready when you’ve reached your desired consistency and flavour. You have the option of blitzing the sauce into a smooth sauce with a hand blender or (wait for it to cool first) a regular blender.