Basic Tomato-Basil Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 55mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 35 mins

Even if you've never canned before, the ease and simplicity of using this sauce will encourage you to preserve its flavor with a boiling-water bath! Grab a jar off the shelf and dinner is ready in minutes! From Southern Living magazine. This would make a great gift, in a basket with pasta, a wooden spoon, some wine.....


  1. Wash tomatoes.
  2. Dip each tomato in boiling water 30 to 60 seconds or until skins split.
  3. Plunge immediately into ice water; core, peel, and quarter tomatoes.
  4. Place 4 cups of tomatoes in a large stockpot; crush tomatoes.
  5. Quickly bring to a boil over high heat, stirring vigorously; gradually add remaining quartered tomatoes, stirring constantly.
  6. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 2 hours.
  7. Remove from heat; stir in basil.
  8. Add 1 tbls.
  9. lemon juice and 1/2 tsp.
  10. salt to each pint jar.
  11. Immediately pack hot tomatoes into hot jars, filling to 1/2 inch from top.
  12. Carefully run a nonmetallic spatula around inside of jars to remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims.
  13. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands.
  14. Process in boiling-water bath 35 minutes.
  15. Yield: 6 pints.
Most Helpful

A great basic sauce recipe for the novice canner or an old pro like me! I only got 4 500 ml jars but my food scale may be a little off or my sauce is a little thicker. There was a wee bit left in the bottom of the pot which I taste-tested after it cooled - delicious & definitely worthy of 5 stars. Thanx Sharon!

CountryLady September 13, 2005

Sharon this is a great, simple recipe. The directions are simple and if you had a basic knowledge of canning this would be a cinch to do. I am making this again only this time in quart jars and with some oregano and garlic added. I did use mostly fresh basil also. If you are a first time canner just make sure to have your jars clean and steralized and hot, and to keep your water boiing while processing. Also dont tighten the lids tight when boiling or you could have a mess! Good basic sauces recipe!!! Thanks.

LAURIE September 20, 2004