Easy homemade tomato pasta sauce

    20 min

    A classic sauce at the heart of many Italian dishes. This will take about 20 minutes and makes 400g of tomato sauce. Even though you can make your own, you can substitute for ketchup instead.

    County Galway, Ireland
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    Makes: 400 g tomato pasta sauce

    • 500g tinned whole tomatoes
    • 1 clove of garlic
    • 1/4 onion
    • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Let's get started. The first step is to crush the garlic and cut the onion. You will need a chopping board and sharp kitchen knife. First, peel the garlic. To do this, start by peeling the outer skin around the piece of the garlic bulb you intend to use. Break off the clove and store the remaining garlic as it is. Then peel away the thin skin around the garlic clove, cutting off the point at each end. Crush the peeled garlic on the chopping board using a wooden spatula or other suitable utensil. To do this, place the garlic on the chopping board, and use a wooden spatula to press down on it and crush it.
    2. Peel the onion, then finely chop it. This completes the preparations.
    3. The next step is to fry the ingredients. Prepare a saucepan. Put 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the saucepan and place it over a low heat. Add the crushed clove of garlic and fry it gently to transfer the aroma to the oil. Remove the garlic and discard it. Next, add the onion and fry it until cooked through.
    4. At this point, add the whole tomatoes and bring them to the boil over a moderate heat. Reduce to a low heat and simmer for about 8 minutes, using a wooden spatula to break up the tomatoes.
    5. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. The tomato sauce is ready for use!


    Fry the garlic as gently as possible over a low heat to fully infuse the olive oil with its aroma. Advice for more or less tomato sauce: It is a good idea to make a large amount at the same time. After cleaning up the plates, you can store the rest of the tomato sauce in the fridge for later use.

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