Simple Tomato Sauce

Recipe Date: July 27, 2021
Difficulty: Easy
Measurements: Imperial (US)

A deliciously simple sauce. Used chopped or pureed tomatoes depending on what texture you prefer. If you would like to use fresh tomatoes from the garden substitute 8 cups of coarsely strained fresh tomato puree for the canned tomatoes and omit the water. To turn the recipe into a meat sauce, start with 1 pound of minced or ground meat – beef, pork or lamb and sauté in olive oil until browned, then proceed from step 1 from the garlic on. Yield: 6 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peel, trim and smash
  • Two 26.5 ounce can/box tomato, pureed or chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan.

2. Add the garlic cloves and sauté until golden.

3. Add the tomatoes, water, sugar, bay leaf and fennel seed.

4. Simmer for 1 hour to develop the flavor, adding more water if the sauce gets too thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.