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Basic Italian Tomato Sauce – this is my family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is made with 4 simple ingredients – diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and olive oil.

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce - this is my family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is made with 4 simple ingredients - diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and olive oil.

This is my go-to pasta sauce and it is amazing!

It is a family favourite which has been passed down from generation to generation. This is my version which is slightly modified from my mumma’s version and I have been making it for decades

My mum’s version does not include the tomato paste, however I personally believe that the tomato paste improves the flavour of the sauce and also thickens it slightly.  Make sure you add it to the garlic, before you add the tinned tomatoes, to really get the best out of it. It will caramalize the sauce and really give it a beautiful flavour. 

RECIPE FEATURES

Easy to make – it is such an easy recipe to make and does not require too long of a cooking time. It is a staple for me.

Base for many recipes – You can serve it with pasta, rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, use it as a pizza base or serve with sweet potato fries or corn chips. It really is that versatile. 

Delicious – you really can’t go wrong with this recipe. It tastes amazing!!

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce - this is my family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is made with 4 simple ingredients - diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and olive oil.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil

Plus you need salt and pepper to season. But everyone has those two ingredients in their pantry right!!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TINNED TOMATOES

Over the years I have worked out that not all tin tomato brands are created equally. Some are very watery and will not make a good sauce. Also some have additives and preservatives added.

The brands that I use and recommend are Annalisa and Mutti. There may be other brands, but I have not come across them yet.

The Aldi Organic Italian Diced Tomatoes might look like a good option due to being organic. However, they contain the additive Acidity Regulator (330) which is fine for most people, however for some may cause stomach ailments, eczema, hives and other skin irritations. So just be careful with that one and look out for any symptoms.

It does make a nice sauce though!

USING PASSATA

I use passata quite a lot of instead of the tinned tomatoes. The reason for that is because my children have preferred a smoother sauce consistency. But lately, they are loving having my pasta sauce that uses diced tomatoes.

If you do use passata, you only need to cook it for 10-15 minutes instead of 30-40 minutes as their are no tomato chunks to break down.

I recommend finding an organic one if possible.

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce - this is my family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is made with 4 simple ingredients - diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and olive oil.

OPTIONS TO CHANGE UP THE FLAVOUR

I love keeping this Italian pasta sauce really simple, however I do change up the flavour from time to time. Here are some suggestions:

Olives

Olives give the sauce a really nice flavour.

I like to use Kalamata olives. Add the olives to the garlic, just before you add the tomato paste. I recommend stirring through the garlic for 30 seconds before adding the tomato paste.

Tuna

Add tinned tuna (make sure you drain the liquid first) in the last 5 minutes of cooking. The amount of tuna depends on how much you are wanting to eat. You can add a small, medium or large tin, depending on your preference.

Chili

Add either chili flakes or fresh chilli at the same time you add the garlic. The amount to add depends on how hot you like your food.

Herbs

Herbs can really change the flavour of the tomato sauce.

Add either fresh or dry parsley or basil when you add the tinned tomatoes.

HOW TO SERVE

This Italian tomato sauce is so versatile and can be served with just about anything.

You can serve it with pasta (obviously), rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles. It also go well as pizza sauce. But the thicker the sauce the better it will work on a pizza.

I also recommend topping your nachos or sweet potato fries with this sauce, before you add the guacamole.

It seriously works really well.

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce - this is my family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is made with 4 simple ingredients - diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and olive oil.

Looking for recipes that you can this tomato sauce in? Try these:

Zucchini Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Buckwheat Pizza

Lastly, if you make this recipe the I would rally love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! If you do make this recipe, please tag me on Instagram! It really makes my day when I see your creations of my recipes.

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Vanessa Gengaroli
This is my family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is made with 4 simple ingredients – diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and olive oil.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine European
Servings 6
Calories 47 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 28 oz diced tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook Garlic – Add the olive oil and garlic to a medium sized saucepan on medium heat and cook for 1 minute. Make sure you keep stirring the garlic in that time.
  • Add Paste – Add the tomato paste and stir through the garlic for a further minute.
  • Add Tomatoes – Add the tomatoes and stir through the garlc and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook Sauce – Once the sauce starts to bubble, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes. I recommend partially covering the saucepan with the lid to stop the sauce from spitting out.

Notes

How to Store
You can keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or you can store in the freezer in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.

Tomato Passata

Can be used instead of tinned tomates.
Olives
I like to use Kalamata olives. Add the olives to the garlic, just before you add the tomato paste. I recommend stirring through the garlic for 30 seconds before adding the tomato paste.
Tuna
Add tinned tuna (make sure you drain the liquid first) in the last 5 minutes of cooking. The amount of tuna depends on how much you are wanting. You can add a small, medium or large
tin, depending on your preference.
Chili
Add either chili flakes or fresh chilli at the same time you add the garlic.
Herbs
Herbs can really change the flavour of the tomatosauce. Add either fresh or dry parsley or basil when you add the tinned tomatoes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 205mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g
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