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Basic Tomato Sauce

Katelyn Theofanis
This Basic Tomato Sauce is simple, flavorful, and delicious. Pair with your favorite pasta!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 81 kcal


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 28oz can whole tomatoes including their juices
  • 2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, celery, and carrot. Sauté for about 5 to 7 minutes, until vegetables begin to tenderize. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the parsley and minced garlic. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 10 to 15 minutes more. 
  • Add the whole tomatoes and their juices, crushing them with your hands as you add them into the pot or break with the side of a wooden spoon in the pot. Stir in the tomato paste, dried basil, and dried oregano (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Reduce the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered. Cook until the sauce has thickened. 
  • Puree with an immersion blender, if desired. Serve immediately.


  • Optional: Add a pat of butter at the end of cooking.
*Nutrition calculation does not include the added salt "to taste". 


Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 38mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2245IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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