tomato sauce in jar

How to Make Tomato Sauce

Making your own homemade tomato sauce is so easy. Learn how to make tomato sauce using roasted tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 1 hourTotal: 1 hour 10 minutes
Fat 14 Carbs 10 Protein 1
Yield ~3 cups


  • 8 medium/large tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 810 garlic cloves
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 20 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and lightly spray a baking sheet or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prep tomatoes by washing, patting dry, and cutting in half. Then, place on baking sheet face up and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 400ºF for about 30 minutes. Then, add cloves of garlic to the pan and place back in the oven for 20-30 more minutes or until the tomatoes begin to brown. Be careful that the garlic doesn’t burn.
  4. Let tomatoes sit for around 5 minutes and then peel the skin off of them and discard.
  5. Place roasted tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and apple cider vinegar into a high-speed food processor or blender (like a Vitamix) and process until smooth.
  6. Once smooth, do a taste test and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Store in a mason jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days OR serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Feel free to omit the basil if you’re hoping for a more basic tomato sauce recipe.
  • We kept the basil in bigger chunks because it’s more flavorful that way, but you have the option to puree everything.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3/4 cup Calories: 182 Sugar: 0 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 10 Fiber: 0 Protein: 1
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SauceMethod: OvenCuisine: ItalianDiet: Vegan

Keywords: tomato sauce, homemade tomato sauce

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