Classic Italian-Style Homemade Vegetarian Tomato Sauce Recipe Video


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time2 Hr 0 Min
Ready In2 Hr 10 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyCuisine
Main IngredientHealthy


 Olive oil3 Tablespoon
 Onion1 Medium, finely diced
 Garlic5 Clove (25 gm), thinly sliced
 Crushed red chilies1 Teaspoon
 Cracked black pepper1 Teaspoon (Freshly)
 Thyme leaves1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Fresh tomatoes2 , diced
 Canned tomatoes2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Crushed canned tomatoes2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Salt1 Teaspoon (Or To Taste)
 Red wine1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Basil leaves20 (1 Bunch)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 968 Calories from Fat 439

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 50 g76.7%

Saturated Fat 7 g34.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 3289 mg137%

Total Carbohydrates 117 g38.9%

Dietary Fiber 29.2 g116.9%

Sugars 15.5 g

Protein 25 g49.1%

Vitamin A 206.9% Vitamin C 262.1%

Calcium 52.2% Iron 95.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Place a deep pot (so that the sides catch any splattering of tomatoes) over medium heat and add olive oil.
Add onions, garlic and crushed chilies to the oil and sauté for 3 minutes
2. Add black pepper and thyme and sauté for another minute.
3. Add canned tomatoes (diced, if you want a less chunky tomato sauce), fresh tomatoes and crushed tomatoes
4. Turn heat to medium low, cover and let cook for at least 2 hours (letting it go for 3 wouldn't kill you), checking the sauce every half hour and stirring so it cooks through evenly
5. Uncover, add salt, wine and torn basil leaves. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes.

6. Use sauce as required or refrigerate until needed.

Editors Review

This tangy, spicy tomato sauce will make you say Arrivederci to those grocery store sauces! Make this one time and the grocery brands will never satisfy you again. Since perfection needs patience, this classic tomato sauce takes a couple of hours to simmer down, but it is worth the wait! You can bottle this sauce and put it in the fridge, freeze it or serve immediately over your favorite noodle, lasagna or chicken dish.