Classic Pomodoro Sauce

Great recipe for Classic Pomodoro Sauce - A simple homemade Italian Pomodoro sauce, or tomato sauce, perfect for pasta, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and more.

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Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield: 8 Serving

Classic Pomodoro Sauce

Classic Pomodoro Sauce


  • 2 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano tomatoes) see notes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt (optional)


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion with the olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and continue to saute another 2 minutes until the garlic has softened.

  3. Meanwhile, crush the tomatoes with your hands or puree in the blender for a smoother sauce.

  4. Add the parsley, oregano, tomatoes and juices to the pan.

  5. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue simmering until the sauce has thickened to desired consistency, about 10 minutes more.

  6. Stir in the basil (can be whole leaves or torn pieces) and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  7. Serve

  8. Note:

  9. This sauce can be made 2 days ahead of time and saved in 1 quart mason jars and stored in the refrigerator.

  10. If you are using store brand Diced Tomatoes, etc., don't add the salt. It already has the salt in it.


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