I'm showing you how to make a tomato sauce using fresh tomatoes. You'll often hear me say in these videos that what we're making is way better than what you can buy at the store and with this, not only is it better, but you literally can't get this at a store! If you've never done this before, I think you'll be surprised at how simple and easy it is-in fact, the hardest thing will be finding vine-ripened tomatoes.


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15 mins
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35 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add sliced garlic. Cook and stir for about 30 seconds before adding basil leaves. Sizzle garlic and basil in olive oil until the thinnest slices of garlic just start to turn golden. Quickly transfer in tomatoes. Add salt and pepper flakes and increase heat to medium-high.

  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture simmers and the tomatoes have completely collapsed and liquefied. Turn off the heat.

  • Using a strainer or colander, strain the sauce into another pot, pressing everything through with the back of a ladle or spatula, until nothing is left in the colander except the skins and seeds.

  • Place strained sauce back over medium heat and reduce to about 5 cups, or until desired thickness. Taste for seasoning and use immediately, or store in an airtight container until needed.

Chef's Notes:

Using red pepper flakes is optional.

Try this with my Pasta all'Amatriciana!

Nutrition Facts

78 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 9.2g; fat 4.5g; sodium 11.6mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (1)

Rating: 5 stars
This is such a simple, amazing sauce. I have loads of garden tomatoes, and this was a great use of a big bunch of them. I changed nothing, made it exactly as described. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Simple yet so, so delicious! I followed this recipe exactly as written and watched Chef John's video. Was an amazing way to use fresh tomatoes from my mom's garden. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
We found the resulting sauce to be the consistency of V-8 juice (even after reducing for about an hour and a half)...not useful as a pasta sauce at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing. Easy to find the tomatoes at a farm market. I'm wondering how well it freezes bkz it's so delicious I want to get more tomatoes while they are in season. Again, Chef is right.... you can't get anything like this is a store. Thanks Chef! Read More