Classic tomato sauce



5 min


25 min


3 cups

Classic tomato sauce

Pasta is a great option for a cheap meal—especially if you go one step further and make homemade tomato sauce. (Photo, Erik Putz.)

The only tomato sauce recipe you'll ever need. Our classic tomato sauce lets the flavours of the ingredients shine through.


  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil , divided
  • 3 garlic cloves , halved
  • 1 796-mL can San Marzano plum tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of hot-red-chili-flakes
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves


  • HEAT a medium saucepan over medium. Add 4 tbsp of the oil, then garlic. Cook just until fragrant, 1 to 2 min. Remove garlic.
  • PLACE tomatoes in a bowl and break up using fingers. Add to saucepan with tomato juices, salt, sugar, pepper, pepper flakes and basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to between medium and medium-low. Simmer vigorously, breaking up large tomato pieces with wooden spoon and stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 min. Remove basil and stir in remaining 2 tbsp oil before serving.


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Nutrition (per tbsp)

  • Calories
  • 16,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g,
  • Fat
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 81 mg.

Classic Tomato Sauce Recipe Kitchen Tips:

  • This makes enough sauce to coat 500 g of pasta.
  • Mash leftover cooked garlic into mayonnaise or yogurt to make flavoured condiments.