How to make Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato Recipes

If you want to know how to make pasta sauce, this Tomato Sauce Recipe is a good base.

It is one of those spaghetti sauce recipes to which you can add olives, capers or tuna and create an entirely new flavor. Many fresh tomato recipes would have you skin the tomatoes first, but I never bother and it doesn't seem to worry anyone. In order to stew the tomatoes, simply place the whole tomatoes in a large pot and heat gently.


You may like to add 2 - 3 tablespoons of water to prevent the tomatoes "catching" the pot. Place a lid on the pot and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes, until the tomatoes have released a lot of their juices, but they should not be completely pulpy.

  • Easy
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 - 15 minutes (plus 15 minutes to stew the tomatoes
  • Serves: 4
  • Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ celery stick, finely chopped
  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes, stewed*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Method:

    1. Brown the onion in the olive oil until it is a golden color. Add the garlic and celery. Fry for a further 2 minutes until the celery softens slightly.
    2. Add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and oregano. Add the parsley and basil.
    3. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes until the sauce reduces and becomes thick.

    You can use this tomato sauce recipe as is, or you can add any of the following:

  • ½ cup black or green olives
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 small can tuna, drained
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