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This is the simplest and quickest way to make good tomato sauce any night of the week. I’ll be showing you how to make a simple 5 ingredients tomato sauce. This is the perfect recipe when you want to get something good and fast on the dinner table and you don't have all day to do it.

I just want to preface this by saying as an Italian, we cook things differently all throughout Italy. I’m not saying my way is better than your way, or that this is the best way. This is how I do it so let’s get into this.

Buying your Tomatoes

If you want good tomato sauce, you need good tomatoes. Here in New York City, we don’t get fresh tomatoes year-round. My issue with tomatoes (I have a whole thing with tomatoes) is that you need to find a tomatoes you like, to make a sauce you like.

Generally, people like to use San Marzano tomatoes that come straight from Italy. If you are going to go that route be sure you are buying a brand that is certified. It should contain a stamp or an indication that is DOP Certified. There are brands that claim to be certified but don't sport the DOP logo or stamp. You’ll be paying more for the Certified kind, so be sure they are legit.

Processing your Tomatoes

I like to use a Food Mill. I find that I get the smoothest consistency. I like a smooth tomato sauce. You could also get a similar consistency using a blender, just don’t blend at high speed. Or you could just tear the tomatoes apart by hand if you like it chunkier.

Time to cook!


We are cooking this in a skillet and not a deep saucepan because we want the sauce to cook and reduce fast. The skillet gives us a wider cooking surface to accomplish that.


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Sep 26, 2023

For anyone tryna learn how to cook for themselves, this weekday sauce is an amazing jumping off point that is foolproof


Edwin Rosado
Edwin Rosado
Jan 07, 2022

I'm not the most picky person ever but hot damn this was good!


@John I stored the sauce for some days and it was fine


John Carrigan
John Carrigan
Aug 12, 2020

Does the sauce store in the fridge??

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