So, you want to make your own tomato sauce the traditional way. Fresh. But maybe you don’t know how to start – you need fresh tomatoes for sure, but how do they become a sauce? In this recipe for homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes, we’ll discover just how easy it can be!

If you’re tired of premade (oftentimes unhealthy) sauces, and are looking for a more wholefood approach to cooking, you’re in the right place. Forget tinned tomato sauces with their added chemicals. Because this healthy recipe gives you a versatile, easy, and might I say delicious sauce, you might just be on your way to a more natural lifestyle…

After this, you’ll be able to make your own, delicious authentic tomato sauce to accompany your favourite fish, italian dishes, salads, and more! You can even bring some to your next gathering if you want to impress! 😉

Let’s get into it already!


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Approx. Total Time:
35 min

Approx. Active Time:
20

Cuisine:
Mediterranean / Italian

Difficulty:

Easy / Beginner

 


 

First Thing’s First – The Tools!

Here’s the equipment you will need to get started. We only need a few key kitchen items that you are bound to have lying around! We are focusing on a traditional approach to this, and that means simplicity!

    • A saucepan – you will need this for multiple purposes, so you can either use two, or use the same one – it’s entirely up to you! Using a single saucepan being more efficient.
    • A sharp knife – we’re going to be doing some chopping, so make sure you have a quality, sharp knife for the best efficiency and safety.
    • A wooden spoon – a large enough metal (or heat-resistant food-grade plastic) spoon will also do.
    • A plate or chopping board – use whichever is easiest for you, of course!

And that’s it! Nice and easy. Now, let’s get our the ingredients!

 

Your Fresh Ingredients

When picking up these ingredients, try to select those of the best quality you can find. Ripeness is key, and if you can get organic, that’s even better. We’re trying to make one that’s as delicious as possible, and there’s nothing better than mother nature’s own choice!

If you want to sauce that can really impress, and one to benefit health, follow these guidelines:

Tomatoes

How your sauce turns out depends on the type of tomato you use…

When making homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes, certain tomato varieties are better than others. Tomatoes are highly beneficial, particularly due to their vitamin C and lycopene antioxidant (^)! They can help to reduce inflammation, text our bodies, and even reduce cholesterol together (^)(^).

  • For a classic full-bodied Italian-style sauce, you’ll want to use plum tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are definitely the best for this – they help to add some thickness and a pleasantly sharp flavour.
  • If you can’t find these, any large variety should also work, but try to use any that are thicker and less juicy. In this respect, beefsteak tomatoes can be used but won’t yield the best results.
  • Getting your tomatoes in summer or spring, when they are in season, is the best option. For ripeness, check for those that are a bright red colour with a firm texture. Vine-ripened tomatoes would be the best candidates.

Homemade Tomato Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes - Healthy Olive Oil, Tomatoes, and Basil

Olive Oil – What Kind To Really Use!

When using olive oil of any kind, you want to be careful with what you do. Adding olive oil to your tomato sauce can amplify its benefits. One study even found that doing so can help to greater reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors(^).

When making homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes, this is one of your best friends.

But, here’s what to know… Virgin, Pure, or Refined should be used with this recipe – not extra virgin olive oil.

  • Most extra virgin olive oil varieties are much healthier and more flavorful, but they do not handle heat well. If you cook with this, you will be destroying many of the benefits and it’s pretty much wasted money.
    You can use some for adding flavour after cooking though, so if you have any, you might want to keep it handy.
  • On the other hand, virgin or “pure” olive oils are perfect for cooking with. Virgin olive oil can only be used for sauteeing or baking when cooking. At higher heats, use “pure” – a mixture of virgin and refined olive oils. They do not contain some of the beneficial phytonutrients of extra virgin, but they cope well with high heat. That’s what is important for using healthy cooking oils. You don’t want to oxidate or distort any of the nutrients and create any harmful compounds.
  • You can also use refined, but for this recipe, virgin or pure should be fine, and they are healthier. Use refined if you’re frying (or deep-frying) at very high heats.

For more information, visit this post –> How Olive Oil Benefits Health – A True Mediterranean Gold!

Your Herbs (Plus Some Salt)

A perfect homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes doesn’t actually need these. But, the herbs add a lot more flavour and also some health benefits. If you don’t want to add them, then don’t – a tomato sauce even in its fundamental form is still versatile and delicious… And healthy!

But, I know many of you will want to add them! Look at this list with some tips on selecting the perfect ingredients if you want the best sauce you can get.

(Remember: Organic or organic home-grown is best)

  • Garlic – When picking garlic, there’s not much you need to know. Choose garlic with firm and unbroken skin. It shouldn’t be damp or feel moistured.
    You can use garlic with green sprouts, but some people chop them off. They give a slightly more bitter garlic taste, which honestly I like. Plus it’s still versatile.
  • Salt – For the sauce, try to use just plain sea salt. Using basic ingredients is rewarding in flavour, nutrition, and tradition. If you have any salt mixed in with a few herbs or chili that would pair well with tomato sauce, you can also use that. But, we’ll be adding our own herbs, so try not to use too much.
  • Thyme – For a higher quality and savour, fresh thyme is perfect. If you would rather use dried, that works to add a pleasant flavour too.
    The same goes for all of the herbs here. It’s just that fresh herbs contain more nutrients, and therefore more flavour.
  • Oregano – Oregano is a member of the mint family, and once again gives more flavour when fresh. Of course, dried is still beneficial and flavourful. Thyme is a creeping plant, so naturally twist and turn a little.
  • Basil – A classic Italian herb, you’ll find basil in much of this cuisine. It gives an amazing aroma, especially when fresh, but even dried packs in a great taste.
    Basil is also a member of the mint family. Look for a bright green leaves and a pleasant aroma, and note that the great basil variety will work best in this recipe.

    The Amounts

    This recipe will give you about 4 servings – a perfect main ingredient to the dish of your choice.

    • Tomatoes (preferably Roma) – 2 to 2.5kg (or 4.5 pounds) ~ 12 – 15 medium tomatoes.
    • Olive Oil (Virgin, Pure, or Refined) – 350ml (or 1/2 cup)
    • Olive Oil (Extra Virgin) – To Taste; alternatively 100ml (0.4 cups) (optional)
    • Sea Salt – To Taste
    • Garlic – 1 – 2 cloves
    • Thyme – 1tsp dried, or 2 fresh leaves
    • Oregano – 1tsp dried, or 1tbsp fresh
    • Basil – 1tbsp dried, or 5 fresh leaves

    Getting Down To Work – The Fun!

    Approximate Total Time: 35 minutes

    So, we have all of our ingredients and equipment setup and ready to go. The next thing is simply to get straight into it! The following steps should be easy to follow, and if you have any questions feel free to comment down below for an answer!

    We have simple instructions with an image (feel free to print off), or detailed for those wanting a step-by-step, more advanced recipe.

    Simple Instructions:

    Homemade Tomato Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes Simple Healthy Recipe Instructions

    Detailed Instructions:

    1. Set a bowl or container of cold or iced water, big enough for all of your tomatoes.

    2. Bring 1 Saucepan of water to the boil.

    3. Score the bottom of your tomatoes with a small x, and add to the water. Boil for about 1 minute, then remove and place into your cold or iced water.

    4. Once they are warm enough to handle (not too cold), peel off the skin (this should happen quite easily).

    5. Dice all of your tomatoes into small (~1 inch) squares.

    6. In an empty saucepan, bring your virgin, pure, or refined olive oil to a light simmer over light-medium heat.

    7. Peel your garlic and gently crush. Alternatively, you can dice the garlic for a stronger taste. Add it to the oil and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

    8. Next, add your herbs into your saucepan. If using fresh herbs, the thyme is fine to roughly slice. You can slice the other herbs similarly, or you can gently roll them together with the smallest leaves in the middle. Then you can use new places to get unbruised, neat leaf slices.

    9. Now you can add your tomatoes (and any of their leftover juices), and season with sea salt.

    10. Stir the herbs in well, and bring up to a rolling simmer over medium heat.

    11. Leave until a thicker texture occurs, and the tomatoes are easy to break up (for around 15 minutes). (For the best results, stir frequently and mash the tomatoes using your wooden spoon and the saucepan.)

    12. At this point, lower the heat and mash tomatoes until your desired texture is achieved. You can do this to get a thinner texture, or leave it a bit more rustic.Turn off the heat.

    13. If you are using extra virgin olive oil, wait for the sauce to cool to a warm heat (below 320F or 160C) and add as much as you’d like! This will provide a lot of health benefits and flavour.

    14. Serve with your meals, snacks, or favourite Mediterranean and Italian recipes.

    In Conclusion

    In this lesson we have learned an effective and straightforward recipe to make a traditional homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes. We have also covered a little bit about tomatoes, their health benefits, and how to pick the right ones for sauces. Not only that, but you got some useful tips on how to pick the best quality of ingredients in this recipe!

    We went into a little bit of detail, but for those making this for the first time that is perfect. It will give you a better end result, and help you learn some useful knowledge along the way!

    Tomato sauce is a very versatile and healthy ingredient that goes well with many dishes, especially Italian and Mediterranean recipes. This recipe is simple and requires only a few easily accessible ingredients, and no doubt will impress you and your friends!

    If you enjoyed learning about this, let me know in the comments below! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to share them – I’ll always respond. 🙂

    Until next time, stay healthy

    James

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