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Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Chris and I took the boys to our local farmers market a couple weeks ago. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like every time we attend any sort of farmers market… I always seem to find the need to buy all the vegetables before having a plan as to what exactly I’m going to make with them. It’s a problem I’m fully aware of, and currently working on... and by working on... I’m not... just give me all the fresh veggies without a plan!

We got home from the market and I unloaded an obscene amount of tomatoes I had just purchased... like we’re going to eat tomatoes for the next 30 days amount. So, rather than having tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner… I thought I would try my hand at making my own fresh tomatoes basil sauce. Bold move… I know… who am I to post a recipe right out of the gate without testing is several times beforehand? Well, my friends… it’s so good I just had to share it right away.

I’ve tried several tomato basil sauces before, all which have lacked what I would like to call… flavor. They were usually quick recipes that never gave the ingredients enough time to develop or only contained like two things… tomatoes and basil…. kinda boring. I browsed through several recipes, and then gave myself enough credit to make my own.

This recipe isn’t for someone looking for a quick fix for a week night meal, but this is a recipe for someone who has time on a Sunday to chop, simmer, and wait for what I would call the best fresh tomato basil sauce... ever!

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Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Preparation time: 30 – 40 minutes
Cooking time: 2.5 hours total
Serves approx. around 8 portions


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 large onions

  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 4 lbs of tomatoes diced (I used half Campania and half Roma)

  • 2 tablespoon dried basil

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat and saute chopped onions

  2. Cook onions until translucent, about 4-5 minutes

  3. Add minced garlic and cook for another minute

  4. Stir in diced tomatoes, dried basil, bay leaves, salt, and sugar and simmer for 2 hours covered, and then 30 minutes uncovered or until thick

  5. Stir in 1/4 cupped chopped fresh basil and serve over over cooked pasta!

Enjoy Loves!

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