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Fast Stovetop Fresh Tomato Sauce

This Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite ways to use up summer tomatoes. Whether you have a garden or just found a great sale, this delicious sauce comes together easily in just 30 minutes!

Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce

Last year Chad built me a gorgeous raised garden bed for my birthday. We planted a few tomatoes and they went crazy (tomatoes REALLY like garden compost). But we had no idea what we were doing.

So this year we decided to try tomatoes again since Chad very clearly has a green thumb and likes staying in touch with his farm boy roots.

We planted 6 Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato plants that we got from a local farmer in early spring. I don’t know if you have any experience with growing Cherokee Purple tomatoes, but the punchline here is that I have 6 super humongous tomato plants covered in 564687867 super humongous tomatoes. Last year the basil took over my life. This year it’s the heirloom tomatoes.

Homemade Tomato Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

So I’ve been making my way through the usual suspects: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, Fresh Tomato Bruschetta, Big Fat BLT Sandwiches on soft sandwich bread… I’m basically one giant walking ball of Vitamin C. Last year I shared Roasted Tomato Sauce from SOLE Food Kitchen. It is really simple and fresh and has so much tomato flavor packed into it, like tomato concentrate but in an awesome garden-ey way, not in a OJ-from-the-can way. I love using it as a dipping sauce (hellooooooo baked mozzarella).

But to roast tomatoes you have to turn the oven on. And if I have to turn the oven on this week I might actually die because it is so ridiculously, horribly, miserably humid and hot. This might be a slight exaggeration because later this week you will see that I made a cake which definitely requires the oven but whatever. Sauce and cake are not the same thing.

Sauce made with Fresh Tomatoes

So THIS Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce is amazing. It is one big ol’ pot of fresh tomatoes & veggies. It comes together on the stove in about 30 minutes. It freezes well. It is AWESOME on pasta. Makes a crazy good stovetop lasagna. I’ve been known to just kinda find some bread and use it for dipping. Pizza Sauce? Um, definitely. Use whatever tomatoes you like — there is no such thing as too many.

Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce
Yield: 2 quarts of sauce

Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce that comes together on the stovetop in about 30 minutes! Full of veggies, fresh and delicious-- you can use this sauce for anything!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup celery + leaves, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or broth)
  • 4 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (about 1 1/2 tablespoons dried)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (about 3/4 tablespoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a medium to large saucepan.
  2. Add the onions and cook for about 2 minutes over medium high heat until translucent. Add the celery + leaves and carrots. Continue cooking for about 4 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute until it's soft. Pour in the wine, and stir. Cook for another minute or so.
  4. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir and bring the whole pan to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and let it cook for about 20 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. When you remove the sauce from the heat, pour it in the blender (or use a stick blender) and pulse until it's smooth.
  6. Serve, can, or freeze!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g


Mato Girl

Saturday 26th of August 2017

Wow! Made this last night to top meatball sandwiches. I had to sub cooking sherry for the wine and fresh sage for the basil but otherwise followed your recipe exactly. It was delicious! Only thing was mine turned out more orange than red. Not sure why. It didn't bother me but the vegetable/carrot haters were convinced they could taste carrots. I might throw in a piece of beet next time. That'll fix them ;)

Mato Girl

Saturday 26th of August 2017

Subbed sage for the oregano, not basil. I have lots of fresh basil.

Molly Rodriguez

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Great and easy recip! So glad I found it. I made the sauce with chicken stock and tomatoes and basil from our garden. I blogged about it here: Thanks!

Heather Tullos

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Thanks so much, Molly! I'm so glad you enjoyed this!

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Sandra - The Foodie Affair

Friday 26th of July 2013

OMG, those Heirloom tomatoes are gorgeous, and I bet it tastes amazing in your sauce! Gotta make this to have on hand for sure!!


Friday 26th of July 2013

Thanks, sandra! My garden has done really well this year! It's been fun :)

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