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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 Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 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.