How To Make Homemade Tomato Sauce

When you’re an Italian and your name is Anthony and you’re living in New Jersey, it’s a given that you should know how to make tomato sauce from scratch. So here’s my recipe for how to make homemade tomato sauce.

It’s a shame about the whole carbs are bad thing because I could eat pasta or pizza every day of the week. And besides the carbs, both pasta and pizza and have one thing in common that makes them delicious, it’s the tomato sauce. This is post is about how to make homemade tomato sauce for pasta. It’s a meat sauce and it’s great on lasagna or baked ziti or even just plain spaghetti. If you’re goal is to make pizza sauce, you probably don’t want to use this recipe. Now you definitely could use it for homemade pizza if you’re only alternative is something out of a jar. This will be much better than that. But if you do, then add a little oregano when you spread the sauce on the pizza dough and you’ll be fine.
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You going to need a large stock pot for this recipe. Around 12-16 quarts should be good. The more you make, the more you can freeze for the future. It’s easy to defrost tomato sauce. Just take the container out of the freezer the day before and leave it in the refrigerator. If you’re going to spend up to 8 hours making this sauce, then you’ll want to get more than one meal out of it.

And if you use this tomato sauce recipe to make baked ziti don’t forget to use the leftovers for a ziti panini.


Homemade Tomato Sauce

How does a huge pot of tomato sauce that takes hours to make and that'll leave you with enough to freeze for a few family dinners
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Italian
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16


  • 4 tbsp olive oil Extra Virgin
  • 2-3 pounds Chop Meat 80/20 - Or use ground beef, pork & veal which is usually labeled as Meatloaf mix
  • 3 cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 1 whole chopped onion
  • 1 whole Chopped Carrot
  • 1 stalk Chopped Celery
  • 6 28 oz cans Whole Tomatoes
  • 5 15 oz cans Tomato Paste
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper


  • In a large sauce pot heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium high flame. Add the chopped meat and season with salt and pepper Brown the meat, drain the fat and set meat aside
    browned chop meat
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the same pot and add the chopped garlic Cook for a minute or two but don't let the garlic burn Add the chopped onion and season with salt and pepper Saute the onions until translucent or 3-4 minutes Add the chopped carrots and celery Saute for another 3-4 minutes
    garlic onion celery carrot
  • Add the browned chop meat to the pot Add the tomatoes to a food processor, chop until sauce-like then add to pot Add the tomato paste Add the Bay Leaf, Garlic Powder, Basil, Parsley, Salt & Pepper
  • Simmer on low for 4-6 hours Taste midway and adjust seasonings if needed Serve with cooked pasta Store leftover sauce in freezer


For my family of 4 (2 adults, 2 high school aged kids) we can usually get 3-4 meals from this amount of tomato sauce. Freeze the leftovers in dinner sized portions.