Year-round homemade tomato sauce

year-round homemade tomato sauce - canned tomatoes

With its intense flavor, this year-round tomato sauce is the perfect addition to any pizza or pasta recipe.
Recipe yields about 400ml (1 2/3 cups) sauce.


  • one 800g (28 oz) can of peeled tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 shallot, peeled and halved
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  1. Put tomatoes in a sieve, placed over a bowl, and pierce them with a knife. Squeeze the tomatoes, to remove the water inside each tomato, drain and place them in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Partially cover with a lid and let simmer for 30 minutes, until the sauce thickens and tomatoes become creamy, the onion and garlic softer.
  3. Discard the garlic and shallot. Taste to see if it needs more salt.
  4. Use sauce right away or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


I know 4 tablespoons of oil may seem like a lot on its own, but they really make this sauce what it is and get completely lost once you put it on a pizza or pasta.

I intentionally leave out all the herbs when making this. I love to have a batch of the sauce on hand and depending on what we have for dinner, I can use one small batch for 2-3 different meals, all in one week.

Use on pizza: When making pizza, simply spread this sauce all over the dough and sprinkle generously with dried oregano.

Use with pasta: You can use this sauce when making spaghetti, pasta bakes or even lasagna. Simply add freshly chopped basil and parsley to the sauce. You can also try other spices like rosemary, thyme, … depending on what your taste is like and the season of the year.

You could also mix a tablespoon or two of the sauce into your rice when making risotto.

Keywords: pantry staple