Homemade Italian Red Sauce


You will love my Italian red sauce recipe. Add meatballs if you like!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 large onion, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (32 ounce) cans crushed diced tomatoes

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir in tomatoes, water, tomato paste, basil, baking soda, sugar, salt, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook at a simmer until sauce is thickened, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

149 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 149
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 595mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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