Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Based on a recipe from Lydie Marshall's cookbook, Slow-Cooked Comfort. In her intro to the recipe she says, "For most of the year I make a chunky tomato sauce for stews and casseroles with canned tomatoes, with excellent results. In September when the Roma (plum) tomatoes are in season, I make batches and freeze them in 1-pint plastic bags." Prep and cooking times reflect choosing the fresh tomatoes option, which take longer than canned tomatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For sauce made with canned tomatoes:.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil and add canned chopped tomatoes with their juices.
  3. Stir in the sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, and oregano and bring to high simmer.
  4. Cover partially and cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes; occasionally mash the tomatoes into the cooking juices.
  5. For sauce made with fresh tomatoes:.
  6. Place tomatoes in a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow to stand until skins come off easily, about 10 minutes (plum tomatoes have thick skins).
  7. Using same ingredients as above, cook tomatoes, cover the pot tightly and simmer for 45 minutes. Fresh tomatoes take longer to cook than canned ones.
  8. Occasionally, remove the lid and allow the condensation to drip back into the sauce.
  9. With a wooden spoon, mash the tomatoes.
Most Helpful

Since roma tomatoes are in season, I decided to try this. I took a previous poster's suggestion and added some sauteed garlic. OMG this was really good! And it's cheaper to make than the canned stuff.

JustDrea81 August 21, 2011

5 star rating from DS. I used the crock pot and it worked out so well. I have put the sauce on a pizza base and DS had it for lunch and loved it. I will freeze the remainder. I used tomatoes out of the garden and lots of fresh herb.

katew February 03, 2010

Yes-sir-wee, this is a wonderful, simple, but complex tasting sauce. I followed this exactly, using fresh tomatoes. I put everything in the crockpot first thing in the morning and presto magic-o I had wonderful sauce coming through the door. I couldn't of opened a jarred sauce as fast as this came together! Perfection! I added Italian Seasoning in place of the dried oregano. Bravo! Very tasty! Made for *Photo Swap* January 2010

Andi of Longmeadow Farm January 28, 2010