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Garden Tomato Sauce

Garden Tomato Sauce

This garden-fresh tomato sauce is a delicious way to use summer-ripe tomatoes. Or freeze whole tomatoes and make this sauce later on in the winter. Just remove the cores and freeze them whole. Then, turn your frozen tomatoes into a garden-fresh sauce any time of the year. For pizza sauce: In Step 2, cook until thickened to about the consistency of pizza sauce, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove from the heat, transfer to a blender, add 2 tablespoons tomato paste and blend until smooth.


about 6 cups

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

2 1/4 hours


  • 5pounds cored whole tomatoes, fresh or frozen
  • 3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2medium onions, chopped
  • 4cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • 3/4teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • 3/4teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • 1 3/4teaspoons salt
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1teaspoons sugar (optional)


  1. If using fresh tomatoes, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Make a small X in the bottom of each tomato and plunge into the boiling water until the skins are slightly loosened, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Peel with a paring knife, starting at the X. If using frozen tomatoes, run each under warm water and peel or rub the skin off. Thaw in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave until mostly thawed. Chop the tomatoes, reserving any juice.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (and any juice), basil, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and sugar (if using). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened to desired consistency, stirring occasionally, 1 to 11/2 hours. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper and/or sugar.


Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes about 6 cups)

Calories 72kcal
Carbohydrate Total 9g
Total Sugars 5g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 2g
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Mono Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 349mg
Protein 2g
Potassium 442mg
Calcium 27mg
Chromium 1mcg
Folate 30mcg
Vitamin E 2mg
Vitamin B3 1mg

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