Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

Savoring Italy

– 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – 2 garlic cloves minced – 1 can 28 ounces whole peeled San Marzano DOC tomatoes – 1-2 teaspoon sea salt – Italian parsley chopped (optional) – ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes (optional) – To Serve: – ¾ lb to 1 lb of cooked pasta of your choice I used penne

Cook Time: 20 min


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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce -An authentic Italian pasta sauce recipe made totally from scratch! This tomato sauce is so easy and is done with just a few simple steps. All you need are some fresh or canned tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil.

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prep Time

4  min


Is there a difference between Italian tomato sauce and marinara sauce? Simply put, an Italian tomato sauce is the homemade version anyone puts together quickly (at home or in a restaurant).  Explaining marinara gets more confusing. Because what marinara is in the US is not the marinara you’ll find in Italy. In the United States, marinara refers to a meatless or vegetarian sauce. But in Italy, it is a seafood sauce. Adding to the confusion, a marinara pizza is made without fish. It’s simply a pizza with tomato sauce, garlic, oil and oregano.

Should I use fresh or canned tomatoes to make sauce? In the summer, fresh tomatoes are delicious in this sauce. One of the first recipes I shared here was spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico (spaghetti made with a fresh tomato sauce). What San Marzano brands should I buy? – Ciao – Carmelina – Fontanella – Mutti (I really love their purée in glass jars) – La Doria – La Valle


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