Perfect Tomato Sauce

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Nothing beats a good homemade tomato sauce. No, sir. No, ma’am. I know there are many recipes out there but this one is my favorite.

My mom is really my first favorite and this one somewhat stems from it and is, therefore, a favorite as well. A good tomato sauce can take any dish from average to fabulous.

It can make a world of difference in pasta, soups, casseroles, pizza, beans, marinades, fish, rice, dips, and much, much more. Well, you get the idea… it can be used in everything! — except, debatably, desserts. I hope you like this one; it is perfect.


Yield: 2 1/2 CUPS

Prep Time: 5 MIN

Cook Time: 25 MIN


  • 4 large ripe tomatoes (1.75 to 2 pounds)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon harissa or other hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste


Step 1: Halve the tomatoes and grate them using the large holes of a box grater into a medium saucepan. Alternatively, you could peel and puree them in a blender or food processor.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients except the tomato paste. Bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce until it looks thicker, 20 minutes.

Step 3: Discard the bay leaves. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for an additional 2 minutes.


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Perfect Tomato Sauce
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