Tomato Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    3 cups

    • Difficulty


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By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2011

  • About

Homemade tomato sauce is leagues better than anything you can find in a jar at the grocery store, however fancy the jar might be. Fresh tomato sauce can be made well in advance or even frozen. It should be a regular part of your repertoire.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, cut into medium or small dice
  • Minced garlic (optional)


In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic (if using) and sweat, adding a three-finger pinch of salt and stirring, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Put the tomatoes in a blender or food processor and blend until completely puréed. Pour into the saucepan. (You can also put them into the saucepan with the onion and purée with a hand ble