The Best Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

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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.


NOTE: You can bottle this sauce and put it in the fridge, freeze it or serve immediately over your favorite noodle, lasagna or chicken dish

  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 saute for 3 minutes
  2. Add black pepper and thyme and saute 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 wouldnt 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 and youre rocking!


  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium-sized Onion, finely diced
  • 5 cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp of crushed Red Chilies
  • 1 tsp of freshly cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of Thyme leaves
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups of canned tomatoes
  • 2 cups crushed (also canned) tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of Red Wine
  • 1 bunch of Basil leaves, about 15-20 leaves

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