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Quick Italian Tomato Sauce

The best homemade Italian tomato sauce is effortless and flavorful, it takes only 4 ingredients and 20 mins to make. It is perfect for spaghetti, pasta, pizzas, meatballs, and more.

Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Keyword italian tomato sauce, tomato sauce, tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 17 kcal


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 can plum tomatoes (14oz)
  • 2 leaves basil


  1. Slice the garlic as you desire.

  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat, pour in the oil, add in the garlic and gently fry it until it acquires a light brown color.

  3. Tilt the pan, let all the oil collect on one side and absorb it with a piece of kitchen paper.

  4. Turn the heat back on medium, tip in the tomatoes, break them into smaller pieces with a spoon and stir.

  5. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat to the minimum and cover the pan with a lid. Make sure to leave the pot partially uncovered to let the steam escape; this will concentrate the sauce (and the flavor) overtime. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes over the lowest heat.

  6. Once the time has elapsed, remove the lid, stir the sauce and bring it back to a simmer. Place the lid back on and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  7. Once the time is up, repeat the process one last time to complete the sauce. 15 minutes of total cooking time is generally enough for small quantities of sauce.

  8. The last step is to add three torn basil leaves and stir one last time to complete the sauce. Remember to taste the sauce and adjust salt if necessary.