Basic Tomato Sauce

Every home cook has their own basic go-to tomato sauce that can be used for multiple applications. I’ve tried many recipes over the years, and this has become my go-to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole plum tomatoes, chopped with their liquid


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the shallots, bay leaf, oregano, garlic, and salt and cook, stirring often, until the shallots are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly until the sauce begins to boil. lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent the sauce on the bottom of the pot from burning.
  4. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired.
  5. Remove the bay leaf before serving.


This recipe makes 7 cups of sauce. Freeze in portions for future use.

Bon Appetit!


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