How to make a fresh homemade tomato sauce

Tomatoes, love them or loathe them, we all use them.

Now, here at Deau Towers we get through a vast amount of tomatoes, whether they are eaten raw, used as a base for a curry, a pasta sauce or Spanish dishes. What does not happen ever, is that we buy a jar of ready made sauce.

Why I hear you ask? Well, in a few easy steps you too can make a delicious tomato sauce, the taste will be far superior than that from a jar. You will know exactly what you are eating and be safe in the knowledge it is not full of ingredients that you have never heard of. I am pretty sure it will be cheaper as well.

I do understand that we are all busy people and time is of the essence, but seriously, put the jars down!

As one of those busy people, what I do is make too much sauce and then freeze what I don’t use for future use. I like the warm smug feeling I get when I can pop into the freezer and grab some homemade sauce!

So here is how you too can get that smug feeling in an easy four step process. A professional chef (or photographer) I am not, therefore tweak the below as you see fit.


  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 800 grams of mixed chopped tomatoes or 2 standard tins of tomatoes
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • To taste add, salt, black pepper, chilli and fresh thyme
  • If you taste the sauce and it is slightly bitter, add a pinch of sugar

Preparation time – 5 minutes

Cooking time – 30 mins

STEP ONE – Gather your ingredients


STEP TWO – Chop up your ingredients

Lightly fry your onions and garlic, then add the rest of your ingredients into the pan to cook. As you can see I am so lazy, I did not even chop up the small tomatoes.


STEP THREE – After 30 mins or so blend the sauce to your preferred consistency

Taste the sauce, add anything extra here. Does it need more heat, more salt?


STEP FOUR – Use the sauce as you need

We used the sauce for 2 separate dishes and then froze what was left for future use.

  1. Gnocchi and meatballs
  2. Fusilli pasta with meatballs


Anoukh’s favourite


Happy cooking!




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