Plum Tomato Sauce

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Homemade plum tomato sauce using canned tomatoes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 cups


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or more as needed

  • 1 large red onion, finely diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed plum tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Heat a medium pot over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add olive oil, onion, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Saute until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes.

  2. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low and let simmer. Add sugar, oregano, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt; mix well. Let simmer, uncovered, until desired consistency is reached, 35 to 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

  3. Place a food mill on top of a large bowl. Transfer mixture to the food mill and process, working in batches if needed.

Cook's Notes:

You can use San Marzano tomatoes from Italy (such as Cento(R) brand) instead of plum tomatoes, if preferred. If you can find imported dried oregano from Italy, it will make a difference.

Some let tomato sauce simmer 'for hours,' but I haven't found that a longer cooking period increases flavor--what it does do is turn tomato sauce into a thick gravy, which isn't very appealing.

I like to process using a food mill over the sink so I don't make a mess. A food mill yields a great consistency for tomato sauce, and opens up the flavor of all ingredients. You can also use a food processor or blender, if preferred.

You can simmer the sauce covered for a thicker consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

149 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 149
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1081mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 40mg 199%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 808mg 17%

* 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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