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Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 cups


  • 36 ounce can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 carrot small dice
  • 1 celery stick small dice
  • 1 small onion diced
  • olive oil as needed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 ounces red or white wine
  • 8 ounces beef stock
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped


  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Split open each tomato over the strainer and remove the seeds, as they can add a bitterness to the sauce.
  • Place the seeded tomatoes in another bowl. Reserve both the juice in the first bowl from seeding the tomatoes and the juice left in the can.
  • Sweat the carrot, celery and onion in olive oil with some salt and pepper on low/medium heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook one more minute.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce until it reaches a syrupy consistency.
  • Add all of the reserved tomato juices and the stock. Bring to a simmer and reduce by at least half. A little more won't hurt.
  • Add the reserved tomatoes and cook only 5-10 minutes on low heat. With an immersion blender, puree the sauce until smooth.
  • Finish with the parsley and additional salt and pepper if needed.