Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

Fresh tomato sauce recipe
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 cups (12 portions)
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This simple, fresh tomato sauce recipe is perfect for pasta, pizza and lasagna. The secret ingredient? Carrots, which give the tomato sauce a fresh flavor and add a nice sweetness. Once the tomato sauce is puréed, you'll never see the carrots, but you'll definitely taste the difference.

The tomato sauce recipe calls for two 28-oz. cans of whole tomatoes, but you could substitute crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes or tomato purée.

What You'll Need

  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes (with liquid)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 carrots (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

How to Make It

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil for a minute over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and carrots, and sauté for a bit until the onions are translucent but not brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, uncovered, until the sauce is slightly reduced. If you like, you can use a wooden spoon to break up the whole tomatoes while the sauce simmers.
  1. Remove from heat and pass through a food mill, or purée in a food processor until smooth, working in batches if necessary.
  2. Season to taste with Kosher salt and sugar.