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Basic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 (makes 5 cups) 1x


Homemade recipe for tomato basil pasta sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes. Best, simple and basic.


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 kilogram ripe tomatoes or two28 ounce canned peeled tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 56 fresh basil leaves


  1. Boil water in a pan and drop the ripe tomatoes in the boiling water. Boil for half a minute to a minute. Peel the tomato skin and cut the tomato into half. Remove the seeds and let the juices through a strainer / colander. We will be using the juice later.
  2. Puree the tomatoes in a food processor. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan and add in 3-4 cloves of minced garlic and one finely chopped onion. Add in a teaspoon of dried thyme.
  4. Cook the onions until soft and translucent. About 3-4 minutes in medium flame. Add in the tomato puree along with the strained juices.
  5. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Add in freshly ground pepper and salt.
  6. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes in medium flame until a thick sauce forms.
  7. Switch off the flame and tear some fresh basil leaves and add it to the pasta sauce.
  8. Pasta sauce is now ready. You can store this sauce for up to a week in the refrigerator.


Measurements used – 1 CUP = 250 ML

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian