Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs 5 mins

This is my adopted recipe, I haven't made it yet.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To cook pasta sauce, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large iron skillet or heavy saucepan.
  2. Add onion, basil, garlic and salt.
  3. Saute until onion is tender, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomato, parsley and sugar; heat to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring often or until sauce has thickened.
  5. Remove parsley.
  6. Serve over cooked spaghetti or other Italian pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.
Most Helpful

I really enjoyed this recipe. It is defintely a keeper and one that I will experiment with. I used plum (Roma) tomatoes from my garden and used a technique from a Williams-Sonoma cookbook that said to cut a shallow X into the flowering end of each tomatoe, place in boiling water for 20 seconds and then immediately dip them into ice cold water. The skins came right off! The modifications I made to this recipe was to use 3 small to medium sized onions, doubled the garlic (8 cloves), and added two jalapenos (one seeded, one not) for some heat. Everything else I kept as is. My friend, with whom I shared this, said it was really delicious. Thanks for posting.

Dr. Jenny September 16, 2007

In late summer when the tomatoes are plentiful and ripe on the vine, this fresh sauce is a staple at my house. The family loves it, and guests rave. You can't go wrong on this one. Thanks UPDATE: Incredibly delicious and simple. Vine ripened tomatoes make the sauce spectacular. A definite crowd pleaser. I have substituted fresh rosemary for the basil. Yummy.

Bob Crouch February 02, 2002

This was great and will probably also make a great base for tomato soup as well. First, for those who found it too thin, make sure 1) you're simmering it UNCOVERED and 2) to try pureeing it. I used an immersion blender which made this super easy and fast. I also added fresh oregano b/c I had it. Lastly, you can easily can/freeze this and pull it out to make a quick tomato soup: add a little chicken broth and if you like a 'bisque', some cream, half and half or whole milk.

jimnyo August 24, 2012