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Homemade Chunky Tomato Sauce

This homemade tomato sauce is a perfect lower sodium replacement for store-bought pasta sauces. Fresh tomatoes, basil and sun-dried tomatoes fill this sauce with a mouthwatering flavour and aroma! It is highly recommended that you make a large batch of this sauce and freeze it because it won’t last long!
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Course: Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Elysia


  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 6 large tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves minced
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes about 12
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste (optional)


  • Drizzle olive oil into a medium-sized pot. Add the onion, and garlic and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Cut the tomatoes into quarters and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Dice tomatoes into 1 inch cubes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and increase heat to medium-high until it starts to boil. When the mixture boils, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes, uncovered, until most of the water evaporates. Monitor closely, reducing heat if necessary and stirring often.
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes into a blender or food processor along with a ladle or so of the tomato sauce. Process until mostly smooth. Stir this mixture back into the tomato sauce in the pot.
  • Stir in the minced basil, oregano, salt, and pepper, and red pepper flakes. Continue cooking until mixture has reached desired thickness and then remove from heat.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 1427mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3744IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
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