Authentic Italian Simple Tomato Sauce from Scratch: A Classic Recipe Made Easy

Never underestimate the power of a simple homemade tomato sauce!

This is a classic go to for an easy pasta dish or it can be a base for other dishes, like a delicious ragu sauce. Any beginner chef can create this sauce from scratch with a small amount of ingredients and light cooking skills and will wow their guests with a flavorful and authentic dish!

Simple Tomato Sauce from Scratch

Servings: 4 people
Course: Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 5 lbs fresh tomatoes (peeled and seeded, a smaller tomato will result in a sweeter sauce)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Cut small “x” shapes onto the tops of the tomatoes and let them sit in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Drain, then plop them into iced water – the skin should now peel off easily. Seed the tomatoes as much as possible then set aside. *Don't worry if you can't get them all, it doesn't make too much of a difference!
  • Warm up olive oil in a large saucepan and then throw in the tomatoes once ready. Cover with a lid and let the tomatoes soften. Once they have, go in with a utensil and squish the tomatoes down until they start to break up.
  • Add the basil, oregano, and parsley then cover again and let it simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, checking every so often to stir and squish the tomatoes down.
  • Check the consistency of the sauce – if it is too thick, add a little water; if it is too thin, add a little bit of tomato paste.
  • Let sauce simmer for up to 3 hours to really set in the flavor and consistency, or directly serve over your choice of pasta! Otherwise, you can use this as a base for other pasta dishes like ragu or lasagna.
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5 thoughts on “Simple Tomato Sauce from Scratch”

  1. 4 stars
    I’ve always been a fan of homemade sauces and this one does not disappoint! The flavor was great, really fresh. The process of peeling and seeding the tomatoes was a bit more work than I anticipated but not terrible once you get it down.

  2. 4 stars
    The flavors were perfect – you can really taste the difference with fresh tomatoes. Four stars only because the consistency was a bit too thin for my liking, but I’ll definitely be using this recipe again!

  3. 4 stars
    A solid, straightforward recipe! It took a bit longer than is ideal for a quick meal (perfect for meal prep though) but the final result was worth the effort. Nice balance of herbs, not too overpowering. Alice Waters would be proud.

  4. 5 stars
    The best tomato sauce I’ve made at home so far! I can’t believe how simple it is. Takes a bit of time, but the end result was perfect – rich, vibrant, and packed with flavor. This will be my standard sauce recipe from now on.

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