Every year, when the tomatoes ripen, many families, especially in rural Italy, prepare homemade tomato sauces to be used throughout the coming year.  It is treated as a very special day, when all the family get together to take part in this important event for the Italian culture and cuisine.
This tomato sauce is perfect for pasta, pizza or simply for dunking some chargrilled ciabatta into.  It’s SO rich in flavour it’ll be your new go-to tomato sauce.  And what is even better, it is so easy and quick to make - using just 5 ingredients in only 10 minutes!  It’s made with simple, everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen and can be used for so many dishes! All you need is some spaghetti to toss with it and dinner in done, or spread it on a pizza base to create a Pizza Marinara (no mozzarella necessary) - total heaven!  Just make sure to buy the best quality ingredients for this to work.  There are two ingredients in particular, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, that would ruin this tomato sauce if they were low quality, so do not skimp on these!

Make it yourself: 4 x servings


  • 400g chopped/crushed canned tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 small handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 small handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • ½ tsp of sugar

///     METHOD

  1. Add around 1 tbsp of olive oil to a medium sized saucepan, once it starts to sizzle add chopped garlic and dried oregano. Fry for 30 seconds then add 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar and freshly chopped parsley and basil.
  2. Fry the herbs and garlic for another 30 seconds (this helps release all the delicious flavours from the herbs) then add a can of chopped tomatoes with 1/2 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of water to the empty tomato can, swirl to get as much leftover tomato as possible and add that to the sauce.
  4. Stir everything together, after 1 minute use a potato masher to crush the tomatoes and break them down as much as possible (it will still be a rustic style sauce and not completely smooth) 
  5. Simmer for 7-8 minutes stirring occasionally, turn off the heat and check for seasoning.

    If you’ve tried this Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce or any other recipe on the blog, please us know know how you got on with it - we love hearing from you!