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Fresh Tomato Sauce in under twenty minutes!

Fresh tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes in under twenty minutes.
Fresh Tomato Sauce from fresh tomatoes! | My favorite thing to do with an abundance of tomatoes, is make fresh tomato sauce. This method has layered flavors that come together in ten minutes. A really easy, flavorful, fresh, summery tomato sauce in minutes.

I read an article recently about anxiety.

And how we have the ability to create self-soothing circuits.

We’re born without these.

And we build them with age as a way to survive.

Some of these circuits are positive, like meditating or cooking or talking to someone on the phone that we love. Others are {can be} negative. Like eating too much, drinking too much, numbing of any kind. For good or bad, I am certain that at least sixty-percent of my self-soothers consist of tomato sauce of some kind. Pizza, pasta, you understand where I’m going with this.

I don’t know a lot about everything.

But I do know at least a little bit about tomato sauce.

My best friend and her husband and their baby were visiting us last week. The days were hot and glorious. We spent them mostly in my backyard, eating and drinking, reminiscing and being present with one another. For seven days there was a constant series of ups and downs.

Wine and negroni soaked evenings. Hysterics of laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously. Ramblings of past mistakes and current blessings. And quiet. The comfortable silence of just bring safe with one another.

There was a trip to the pet emergency room.

My cat is okay now.

There was a car accident.

Everyone is okay now.

They left. My insides felt empty. It was an emotional week. Life is beautiful. Life is hard. And the last seven days was a reminder that we’re all just doing the best we can. Sometimes it’s a great version of ourselves and sometimes it’s the worst. And all of that is okay.

I was seeking comfort on a primal level. I found myself craving fresh tomato sauce and eating it in some capacity with every meal. A lot of my meals in the summer look like this. A bowl of barely stewed veg, smothered in sauce with a portion of plant-based protein like beans or lentils. It’s like my Italian version of a hippie-dip grain bowl.

I make sauce almost every week, but not usually with fresh tomatoes. I save this experience strictly for the months of June thru September. I’ve been working on a quick, fresh tomato sauce that has layered flavor but uses minimal ingredients and steps.

This fresh tomato sauce doesn’t require any blanching. It’s just a chop and go and process kind of situation. It literally comes together in just fifteen minutes of cooking, but it tastes like it’s been simmering all day. This tomato sauce soothes my soul, and I hope it helps yours too whenever you’re in need.

Fresh Tomato Sauce from fresh tomatoes! | My favorite thing to do with an abundance of tomatoes, is make fresh tomato sauce. This method has layered flavors that come together in ten minutes. A really easy, flavorful, fresh, summery tomato sauce in minutes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce from fresh tomatoes! | My favorite thing to do with an abundance of tomatoes, is make fresh tomato sauce. This method has layered flavors that come together in ten minutes. A really easy, flavorful, fresh, summery tomato sauce in minutes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce from fresh tomatoes! | My favorite thing to do with an abundance of tomatoes, is make fresh tomato sauce. This method has layered flavors that come together in ten minutes. A really easy, flavorful, fresh, summery tomato sauce in minutes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce from fresh tomatoes! | My favorite thing to do with an abundance of tomatoes, is make fresh tomato sauce. This method has layered flavors that come together in ten minutes. A really easy, flavorful, fresh, summery tomato sauce in minutes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 4 cups

The secret to this sauce is in the accuracy of these steps. Be sure to read through the entire recipe before you make it. The sauce will can stay good refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste + 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 5 cups tomatoes, diced medium {see notes}
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned

Directions

In a large sauce pan heat the olive oil over low heat. Toss in the onions, garlic, salt and pepper, and sweat for 3 minutes.

Next stir in the tomato paste and 1/4 cup warm water, and simmer for 1 minute. 

Then add in the water and tomatoes, and stir to combine well and cover. Turn the heat up to medium-high and simmer for 10 minutes.

Uncover, and remove from heat. Pour the tomatoes into a food processor or blender and pulse for a few seconds until you've reached your desired consistency. Add in the fresh herbs, and pulse once or twice more.

Voila!

Recipe Notes

You can use any kind of fresh tomatoes you'd like. 

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14 Responses to "Fresh Tomato Sauce in under twenty minutes!"

  1. Reply

    Becky

    July 6, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    This looks really delicious! Gorgeous photos!

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    carol johnson

    July 7, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    I like the tomato sauce recipe. I will try it.

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    amanda paa

    July 7, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    I felt a void when you left too. I feel like sometimes, with the jobs we have, the burdens we carry, doing it alone 90% of the time, it can be so nice to have others who you connect with just simply around. That gives us the go ahead to step away from a lot of the every day, and to just be. The laughs, the conversations, the shared meals – it seems like this was so good for the soul. And then this meal, which I can imagine eating outdoors, for lunch, for dinner, hot or cold. So fresh!

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    Erin

    July 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    This looks amazing.

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    Jessica Kelley

    July 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Sherrie, your sauce is perfectly simple and looks delicious.

  6. Reply

    Medha

    July 7, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    That sauce looks incredible.

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    Catherine Jackson

    July 7, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    What a great way to use summer tomatoes!

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    Jayme | holly & flora

    July 7, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Sherrie, it is so good to check in and remind ourselves what pulls us or what pacifies our longings or what we use as coping mechanisms, both positively or negatively. I’ve been on that thread lately here, too.

    I’m so happy that all is well with respect to family and pets. Thanks for mentioning that it is all okay – the days where we are the best versions of ourselves and the days where we completely fall short, in our eyes. All we can do is show up and try our best, from a motivation of love. Big love to you, lady.

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    danielle | rooting the sun

    July 8, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Sherrie, be it that everything you touch turns to gold. And the rouge blush of this tomato sauce. There is something to be said about its soul-warming capabilities. Every day I’m learning about balance, equality, chaos, patience, and the moments it takes to curate a lifetime of moments. Moments that occasionally tax the soul, but are always remedied by heart. Love to you.

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    Melissa

    July 9, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    I made this tomato sauce today and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Reply

    Beth

    July 10, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Thanks for sharing your fantastic-looking tomato sauce recipe!

  12. Reply

    Kate Gilliam

    July 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Totally stalking your blog hard in the upcoming weeks to start my pre-wedding/general lifestyle improvement diet makeover.

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    Jess

    July 12, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Would you believe I was just about to search for tomato sauce recipes when I saw you had a new post? Local tomatoes are just looking divine right now. I cannot wait to give your recipe a go.

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    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    July 19, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Soooo good and so simple! Gave me the perfect excuse to use up all of the truckload of tomatoes my mom brought over from her garden. This sauce tastes so fresh!

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