Homemade Tomato Sauce: Quick and Easy Recipe

Updated on January 18, 2018
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Before I became a London solicitor, I used to help in our family restaurant. I love good food, enjoy creative cooking, and hate food waste.

One of the best things about homemade tomato sauce is that you control what goes into it.
One of the best things about homemade tomato sauce is that you control what goes into it.

A Fresh, Healthy and Fast Tomato Sauce Recipe for Pasta, Mincemeat, or Taco Shells

This is the best tomato sauce for flavour and nutrition. When you make homemade tomato sauce, you can control what goes into it, so you'll know that it's all natural and can make sure you don't add too much salt or fat.

When you learn the secret of how to make this basic recipe, you can begin playing with variations using lemon juice, garlic, spices, herbs, or chili. If you prefer a milder flavour, you can also change the recipe for a more bland tomato sauce.

There are many recipes for tomato sauce, but this one is beginner's level. It's so easy that you could ask your children to make it while you concentrate on the more difficult food.

This tasty sauce is the perfect accompaniment to meatballs, burgers, chicken, or pasta: The lemon juice gives it a fuller flavour, and the tiny amount of sugar reduces the tartness. My family loves it.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

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3.7 stars from 7 ratings of How to Make Fast Tomato Sauce in 8 Minutes
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: 4 People


  • Half an onion
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, or 1 lb. chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Half teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs
You can use fresh or tinned tomatoes in this recipe.
You can use fresh or tinned tomatoes in this recipe. | Source


  • Small- or medium-sized saucepan
  • Wooden or Teflon spoon for stirring
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen knife


  1. Chop up half an onion into small pieces and fry it in a small saucepan with teaspoon of oil or butter until golden brown.
  2. If you are using tinned tomatoes, add the tin of chopped tomatoes including the juice to the saucepan. Alternately, add one pound of fresh chopped tomatoes and one tablespoon of water.
  3. Add a teaspoonful of lemon juice, a teaspoon of mixed herbs, a sprinkle of salt, and half a teaspoonful of sugar. Optional: Add a crushed clove of garlic and a clove.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for two or three minutes (for tinned tomatoes) or, if using fresh tomatoes, until the tomatoes are tender (about five minutes).

The Finished Tomato Sauce


Tomato Sauce Mixed with Minced Meat



You can vary this sauce by adding:

  • Oregano, marjoram, coriander leaves, and/or mint, and also by adding a tiny amount of fresh or bottled chili.
  • Pinches of powdered coriander and cumin for a more Middle Eastern flavour.

But beware, these herbs and spices have strong flavours that can be quite overpowering, so don't swamp the sauce with them. It is better to add a pinch at a time, stirring and tasting after each one, to make sure the flavours enhance without drowning the taste.

Tomato Plants In My Garden


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      • Thelma Alberts profile image

        Thelma Alberts 

        12 months ago from Germany and Philippines

        Just the way I make my own homemade tomato sauce. Mostly, I add dried pizza spices as all the Italian spices are together. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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        19 months ago

        Not sure about the lemon and as my husband is diabetic could just leave out the sugar and include other spices?

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 years ago from The Caribbean

        The recipe looks easy enough, and like you mentioned, we'll know what we are eating. Thanks.

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        Gloria Faye Brown Bates 

        3 years ago

        I never thought about making my own tomato soup! I do, however, make a good homemade vegetable beef soup. I am happy to read this!

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        Diana Grant 

        4 years ago from United Kingdom

        I've got some stored in my freezer ready for instant access when needed

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        Wendy Henderson 

        4 years ago from PA

        This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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        Margaret Schindel 

        4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Diana, this sounds like an easy to make, tasty tomato sauce that would be a great staple to have on hand. I'm sure it tasted better than canned sauce and I like having control over the ingredients. For example, I'd use organic tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!

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        Diana Grant 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

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        Jennifer P Tanabe 

        5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

        Nice! I usually add to the cans of tomatoes to make tomato sauce. I really should try making it with fresh tomatoes.

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        Diana Grant 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

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        Angela F 

        5 years ago from Seattle, WA

        Sounds like a great basic recipe to have on hand.

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        Diana Grant 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

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        MikeRobbers LM 

        5 years ago

        this tomato sauce looks delicious! thanks for the recipe

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        Raymond Eagar 

        5 years ago

        I love tomato in all my dishes .

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        5 years ago

        A lovely rich tomato sauce base recipe!! I like to add loads of veggies to it!

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        Joan Haines 

        6 years ago

        You're right that a good blender helps. It does a lot, and not just for tomato sauce. Also for refreshing smoothies, other sauces, etc., etc.

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        7 years ago

        Love the lens. Never made homemade sauce before, but here's a good time to give it a try! I like your recipe and I'll be sure to use it in my next pasta dish(:

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        7 years ago

        Lovely sauce recipe, sounds a lot like my own.

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        poppy mercer 

        8 years ago from London

        I'll try this when my tomato glut comes this summer

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        8 years ago from Iowa

        Once you make your own tomato sauce I can't imagine anyone ever going back to a can. This lens makes it look easy which hopefully will get more folks to try it. :)


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