Homemade tomato sauce is a great way to use excess tomatoes. The sauce is made from raw, well-ripe tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil. The sauce is seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper.
The thickness of the sauce will depend on how long you simmer it and what type of tomatoes you use to prepare it from. If you want to use tomato sauce for pizza, it should be a bit thicker than the sauce you would serve for example with potato dumplings.
If you haven’t made tomato sauce yet and have a few extra tomatoes at hand, be sure to try this tomato sauce recipe.
Ingredients for tomato sauce.
- 1 kg tomatoes
- big bunch of fresh basil
- 3 big cloves of garlic
- 100 ml olive oil
- 1 flat teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
How to make tomato sauce.
Pour olive oil into a pot, add the mashed garlic and fry on a low heat for a minute. Then add the diced tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil, cover the pot with a lid and simmer over a low heat for at least 40 minutes. The lid should be slightly open. Depending on how thick a sauce you want to get, you should keep the tomatoes on the heat for as long as needed. When the tomatoes become quite thick and the juice has almost completely evaporated, remove the pot from the heat, add the chopped basil leaves and blend the whole thing with a blender.
Good to know when making tomato sauce.
When choosing tomatoes, it is worth selecting very ripe, not watery pieces. Tomatoes that have a lot of water will take longer to cook by the time the sauce thickens.
I did not peel the tomatoes, I just washed them well and dried them with a paper towel before cutting them.
This tomato sauce can be served fresh as an addition to cabbage rolls, dumplings, meats or used as a pizza sauce. It can also be poured into bottles or jars and pasteurized. It will be perfect in the fall or winter season.
Do you like dishes made with tomatoes? If so, try our recipe for Tomato salsa.