Condiments/Sauces, Main Dish

Quick Tomato Sauce

January 16, 2012
I’m the first one to say it – I got my cooking skills from mom.  I grew up with my mom cooking dinner for us every night.   And it wasn’t gross, I’ll-only-eat-it-because-I-am-forced food.  It was homemade pasta with meatballs, chicken stir-fry, and homemade enchiladas – Real, down-to-earth, delicious food.


Because I saw my mom cook dinner every night, I knew that when I grew up I wanted to do the same.  And that’s exactly what I did.

I cook for my husband every night.  And when we have kids, the cooking will not stop.  They will get to see their mom cook homemade meals every day, just like I did.  And hopefully they will grow up and want to cook as well.


There are staple recipes that I learned from my mom that I will make forever.  One of them is this Quick Tomato Sauce.  When there isn’t enough time to cook a tomato sauce that needs to simmer for hours, you can make this easy tomato sauce.  It requires few ingredients and the recipe couldn’t be simpler.

I normally allow the sauce to simmer for about 30 minutes, however, if your super short on time, you can cook the sauce for just 5 minutes and it still tastes fantastic.  I’ve done this multiple times and I could barely taste the difference.

Serve this sauce over pasta, on top of homemade pizza crust, in your favorite chicken dish, or even as a dipping sauce.  It’s so versatile and can be used in many different ways.
I always make a big batch of this sauce and keep it in the refrigerator.  It keeps well and it’s always great to have extra tomato sauce on hand.


Quick Tomato Sauce
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Makes: About 2 cups

2 tablespoon Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
24 ounces Strained Tomatoes {Crushed Tomatoes work well}
1 Bay Leaf
2 teaspoons Fresh Ground Pepper
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 tablespoon Fresh Basil, minced, or 2 teaspoons Dried Basil

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the minced garlic and stir until browned.  Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, pepper, salt, oregano, and basil; Stir to combine.  

Lower the temperature to low and simmer for 30 minutes, until thickened and reduced to about 2 cups.  Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper according to your taste level.  

Serve accompanied with pasta, on top of homemade pizza crust, and much more. Enjoy!

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  • Averie @ LV&Y January 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Fast sauces that are homemade….the best kind!

  • Julie @ Table for Two January 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    yum! i do the same thing. homemade sauce is the absolute best and I won’t ever do it any other way!

  • Bake Your Day January 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This looks so deep and delicious. I love making my own sauces homemade. Looks wonderful!

  • Kiri W. January 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Mmm, looks yummy! Bay leaf is one of my favorites for a flavorful tomato sauce 🙂
    I learned all my cooking from my dad, my mom can’t cook anything not out of a box…

  • Sarah@SarahCupcake January 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

    This is more or less how I make my sauce. Canned organic tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and salt/pepper…it’s so easy to change up the flavors to suit any dish with herbs, spices, wine, lemon, etc.

  • Donna January 17, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for sharing, this looks delicious!

  • beti January 17, 2012 at 5:12 am

    so simple and it is indeed basic to have a recipe like this one, thanks for sharing!

  • Note etc. January 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

    this is helpful, i’m big fans of tomato sauce, and I think that always be better if we can make it by ourself


  • Shannon January 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Love it! this might be easier than running to the grocery store to buy a jar of sauce:)

  • Melissa Maruca January 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks, mom 🙂

  • Alexis L Irvin January 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    i seriously eat tomato sauce on pasta 3 x a week- its the perfect meal! this looks so yummy!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I wish I could come to your place for dinner!

  • Krissy's Creations January 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Me too!  That would be so much fun 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations January 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I agree!

  • Krissy's Creations January 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    So true 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations January 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I think it is 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations January 22, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I agree with you!  So easy and so delicious 🙂

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  • Krissy's Creations January 22, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Me too!  Thanks Cassie 🙂