homemade tomato sauce with fresh herbs

Homemade tomato sauce is so easy to make that I promise you, after you learn how to make this recipe, you will never buy jarred sauce again! This tomato sauce recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. The best part about this homemade tomato sauce is that you can use it in so many recipes or simply served over pasta.

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  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil, parsley and oregano – chopped finely (if you do not have fresh, dried herbs work as well).
  • 3-4 garlic cloves – thinly sliced (see image below)
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/8 cup of red wine

Once you have prepared the ingredients, then you can begin to heat up your olive oil over medium high heat. Add in your sliced garlic and heat only until it becomes fragrant. It is very important that you do not brown or burn the garlic. If you do, I recommend starting over again. Otherwise the sauce will have a burnt taste.

Step 3: Add the crushed tomatoes

Add two cans of crushed tomatoes. Then take the empty cans and fill up the cans 1/4 way with water. Add the water to the sauce. The water helps to get the rest of the crushed tomatoes out of the cans and also helps to thin the sauce.

Step 4: Add the Herbs and Red Wine

Bring the sauce to a low boil and then lower the heat to medium low. Let the homemade tomato sauce simmer on medium low heat for 30-40 minutes.

Serve over pasta or add to any dish that uses tomato sauce. I like to freeze any extra sauce that you have left over. When you are ready to use the frozen sauce, simply take out and thaw out. Once thawed you can reheat on the stove top on low heat and its ready to serve! Sometimes I double the recipe, so that I have sauce to freeze for another meal. This makes hectic nights so much simpler! Just take out your sauce and you are ready to go!

Bonus Recipe: Homemade Pesto

For added flavor, sauté shrimp in my homemade pesto and serve with pasta and homemade tomato sauce.

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