Simple Tomato Sauce

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A simple, classic tomato sauce is a must-have in any cook’s kitchen. Use it alone on top of pasta for an easy meal, or add it to lasagnas or casseroles. Throw in extra veggies or even some lean meat. The possibilities are endless. This sauce doesn’t improve on perfection. The perfect, umami blend of tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan make for a sauce that’s delicious on its own or as an ingredient in a multitude of Italian specialties.

Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups | Calories: 133 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 123 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 4 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) canned tomatoes
  • Pinch of dried oregano or fresh basil
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Over medium heat, in a saucepan 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, sautè the onion.
  2. After about 2 minutes, pour the canned tomatoes.
  3. Put a little bit of water in the can, swirl it to get the remaining tomato sauce then pour in the saucepan too. Let it boil then simmer for 30 - 45 minutes on low fire.
  4. Add the oregano and salt to taste.
  5. You can put the remaining sauce in mini containers for future use and freeze them, if you are serving baby or toddler portions.
  6. If you are using it as pasta sauce, mix with the cooked pasta.
  7. Sprinkle with the grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan & drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  8. If you are using it as pizza base, don't add the cheese & oil.

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2 Comments on "Simple Tomato Sauce"

  1. Ericka  February 21, 2018

    Can you use fresh tomatoes instead of can tomatoes?

    • Nichole Furlong  February 21, 2018

      Great question, Ericka! You can substitute fresh tomatoes. I would recommend using 4 Roma tomatoes for this recipe. You may need to cook the sauce a little longer to help break the tomatoes down and create a sauce. I would also recommend removing the tomato skin. Once you begin cooking the tomatoes the skins will fall off making it easier to remove.


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