fresh tomato sauce

October 2, 2009


The weekend is here and I am for one am happy to have some fun days ahead. The fun project Dan and I were going to be working on was making use of these:

I looked at a couple of online recipes to see how I was meant to go about this adventure and ending up basing it off of the wonderful eatmakeread‘s version but as you will see, I made a lot of additions!

Here’s the kicker for my batch: I was expecting jars and jars of the stuff to get produced – not so. After we had a delicious dinner of spaghetti and sauce, this one jar was all that remained of what felt like ten tons of tomatoes!The tomatoes took a long time to burn off their mega juiciness (about an hour) but we ended up with such a scant amount of sauce that I may have erred somewhere…

Oh well – dinner was served! With a couple of big ol’ glasses of vino. Because that’s how we do in this household. You know this.

The sauce turned out soooo sweet! Dan couldn’t believe I hadn’t added anything to sweeten it – it was just the natural sweetness of the tommy toms themselves. Seriously, it was that intense kind of sweet you get with some oranges when you think to yourself you could be eating candy… not a bad thing my friends!

On another note, Sunday is race day! Whoop whoop! I cannot wait to get out there and run. e.x.c.i.t.e.d.

Fresh Tomato Sauce


  • 3 lbs tomatoes
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 2 gloves garlic, diced
  • About 1 tbs chopped fresh basil
  • About 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
  • About 1/2 tbs dried thyme
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. This requires prep! Make sure you have everything chopped up and ready to go before you start. It took me almost 15 minutes to chop and dice all our tomatoes. True story.
  2. Pour the olive oil in a heavy pan and place the onions in the pan. Cook for five minutes or until the onion starts to turn translucent in color. Add the garlic and simmer for about one minute, stirring constantly. You don’t want the garlic to burn! Add the tomatoes to the pan and place the rosemary, thyme, and basil over top. Cover and cook over medium-high heat. The tomatoes will start to break down after about 5 minutes. Cook for about 15 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
  3. Remove the lid and reduce to low heat. Simmer until the liquid starts to evaporate and the tomatoes become thicker, this could take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the juiciness of your tomatoes.
  4. If you’d like a smoother sauce you can toss the tomatoes in the blender or food processor (be careful if it’s still hot!!), but this isn’t necessary. Once the sauce is to your desired consistency, ladle into jars or ziplocs and freeze or refrigerate.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Leianna October 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Good luck on your ten miler, great distance!
Homemade tomato sauce looks amazing!
Have a great weekend!


BroccoliHut October 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm

I've always wanted to make my own tomato sauce but been too scared. THis post is making me think I NEED to try it!


Brittany October 3, 2009 at 3:02 am

thanks so much for your sweet comment! i absolutely love your blog name! and mmmm that pasta looks delish! goodluck with your race on sunday!! ahhh thats so exciting!


K from ksgoodeats October 3, 2009 at 5:18 am

Wow! That sounds really good! I've always wanted to try making my own tomato sauce but haven't gotten around to it.

GOOD LUCK in your race :)


Kirsten October 3, 2009 at 6:13 am

Good luck in the race! My first half marathon is next weekend! I'm excited for a long run today (if it stops raining here) and brunch w/ friends this weekend.


Michelle October 3, 2009 at 7:21 am

Ahhhh good luck!! I am so excited to hear how you do, you are going to rock this race!!


Emily (The Experimentarian) October 3, 2009 at 8:08 am

That sauce looks way yummy! We didn't get many tomatoes this year, but hopefully with the new house we'll have room for a garden next summer. Maybe I can beg off some of our neighbors for now :) P.S. Good luck on the RAAAAAACE!


april October 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

Great recipe!! I always use canned tomato sauce but the sodium sucks!


Holly October 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

ahhhhh you are so sweet thanks for your comment – even though i will see you in an hour, i love you, your fabulousness and your tomato sauce.

i could not be more happy we met through this crazy lil' thing called blogging.

call you in like 20 minutes…haha!


Low October 3, 2009 at 10:18 am

That sauce is so pretty. I love it.


Food Makes Fun Fuel October 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

Is the 10 miler today? How did it go? Have you done it yet? Could I be asking more questions? Haha, can't wait to hear about it!


traveleatlove October 3, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I love making homemade tomato sauce,so much better than jarred! Looking forward to a weekend with no plans. So far it has turned out to be lots of fun!


Taylor October 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I've never made homemade tomato pasta sauce like that one (hand slap – I know!) but I love how chunky and delicious yours looks! Eeeee so excited for your race?! You'll do amazing!!!


joyofood October 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I could just dip freshly baked crusty bread into that jar of tomato sauce and gobble it all up. My Mum makes roasted red pepper sauce in a similar way and it's to die for.



Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Gorgeous sauce!! I'm always on the lookout for a good tomato sauce – I'm going to star this :)

Have FUN on your race – GOOD LUCK!!!! :D


Michal October 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

MMM that sauce looks delish!
This weekend I am so excited because its my schools homecoming dance! Actually its tonight and im almost done getting ready so I thought I would catch up on my blogging :) Tomorrow after I get home I am going to try my hand at making homemade bread!

Enjoy your weekend


peanutbutterbliss October 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm

ahh fresh marinara sauce sounds delicious :) That type of sauce seems to go with everything!


Jenny October 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm

they sure don't make it like that in the italian restaurants!

ciao bella!


ohonemorething October 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Okkaay so your description of this pasta sauce left me feeling HUNGRY!! I love homemade pasta sauce yummmy.

Hollaaa! Good luck, girlie. You are going to kick some butt, then guzzle down some beer! As I've seen you say, HUZZA! (I hope I spelled it right!)



Meredith (Pursuing Balance) October 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm

That tomato sauce looks just amazing!


Katie October 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I am oh so impressed with your sauce making endeavor! Also, have SO MUCH fun with your race tomorrow!


burpandslurp October 4, 2009 at 12:27 am

That sauce looks AMAZING!!! I'll bet it won't last long! WHAT a brilliant color!!!


Thinspired October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

Your tomato sauce is simply gorgeous. I rarely make it totally from scratch like that. Beautiful! (And tasty, I bet!)


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