Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes


A wonderful homemade tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs. Serve over spaghetti noodles, or use in your favorite lasagna recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 quart

Are you craving Italian food like Nonna used to make? This homemade tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes might not be her secret recipe, but it sure is just as delicious. Once you try this tasty, fresh recipe, you will never go back to the jarred stuff again!

Get ready to use this tomato sauce on all your pastas, lasagnas, and pizzas until the end of time.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this simple spaghetti sauce:

Fresh Tomatoes
Try to stick with plum tomatoes, like Roma, San Marzano, and cherry tomatoes. Be sure to peel the tomatoes (and remove the seeds, if you like, but it's not necessary).

White Sugar
The sugar will balance out the acidity and give the sauce a hint of sweetness.

Onions will add a depth of flavor to the sauce as they cook down.

Garlic powder, basil, parsley, and salt will increase the flavor of the sauce. We think the recipe is great as is, but some reviewers like to add additional spices, like oregano, red pepper flakes, or Italian seasoning.

How to Make Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

Making tomato sauce from scratch is really easy, especially when you follow the below recipe. But here's what you can expect from this homemade sauce:

Peel the Tomatoes

Blanch the fresh tomatoes to remove the skin. Feel free to remove the seeds, but it's not necessary because you can strain the sauce later or leave the seeds in the sauce altogether.

Chop the tomatoes into smaller pieces.

Learn more: How to Peel Tomatoes

Cook the Onion and Garlic

Add onion and garlic powder to a skillet with olive oil. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Boil the Sauce

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 1-2 hours. Serve immediately, or let cool and freeze.

If the sauce is too chunky for your liking (or if you want to use it as pizza sauce), run it through a blender or food processor until it reaches your desired consistency.

How to Thicken Tomato Sauce

The easiest way to thicken tomato sauce is by simply simmering the sauce for longer. The longer you allow it to simmer, the more liquid will evaporate.

If you don't have the time (or patience) to let the sauce simmer longer, you can add a cornstarch slurry (one part cornstarch and one part water). Gradually whisk in the slurry until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

How to Use Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

You can use this homemade tomato sauce in your favorite spaghetti dish, lasagna, pizza, or any other recipe that calls for spaghetti sauce. The sky's the limit!

How to Store Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

Store homemade tomato sauce in a Mason jar or other airtight container for three to five days.

You can also can your homemade tomato sauce to make it shelf-stable. To do this, you will need to add citric acid or lemon juice to the sauce to make sure the acidity levels are safe. Then, sterilize your jars by boiling them for about 10 minutes. Fill the jars with sauce. Then, process the jars in a stockpot with boiling water for at least 10 minutes.

Store canned tomato sauce in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months. Once opened, store in the refrigerator and use within a few days.

Learn more: How to Can Food

Can You Freeze Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes?

Yes, you can definitely freeze homemade tomato sauce! Spoon completely cooled tomato sauce into zip-top freezer bags. Squeeze out the excess air, label and date each bag, then store flat in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I've made this recipe three times now, currently working on a fourth, and I have loved it every time. It's very versatile, and can be tweaked easily. The second time, I added oregano and red pepper flakes, and that was a great addition. I've also made it with huge bunches of fresh basil, and that was wonderful," raves BrookieCookie. "The flavor gets better with age. It also freezes well in a ziploc bag. I didn't notice a reduction in flavor or color after freezing. It's my go to now!"

"This was bursting with flavor. I used it on meatball subs. The chunky sauce was perfect. The only change I made was using jarred minced garlic instead of garlic powder. Saved to favorites. Will definitely use again," according to Charlene Slaybaugh.

"Excellent, easy & I will definitely make it again. This was my first attempt at making spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes & I am glad I chose this recipe .. no need to look any further. It was easier than expected & there was enough sauce left to freeze for 2 more meals," says RosieB.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic powder; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, parsley, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 hours.

    a single plate of spaghetti with sauce made from fresh tomatoes.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios


For a less chunky sauce or to make a pizza sauce, cool slightly and process in blender to desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 31mg 156%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 600mg 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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