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Pomodoro sauce over spaghetti

Simple Pomodoro Sauce

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Diet: Vegan


Pomodoro sauce is a thick and flavorful Italian pasta sauce recipe made with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, herbs, onion and garlic. An easy and delicious homemade sauce the whole family will love!


  • 3 pounds of fresh tomatoes (about 12 roma tomatoes)
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ⅓ cup fresh herbs (I used a combo of basil and oregano but anything works well!)*
  • ⅓ cup of onion, finely diced or grated
  • 6 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional pinch of sugar


  1. Start by quartering your tomatoes and lightly scraping out most of the seeds. Don’t stress trying to get ALL of them out (unless you REALLY hate tomato seeds). A few seeds in the sauce is perfectly fine. Discard the seeds and place the tomatoes into a food processor (I usually do this in 2 rounds). Puree the tomatoes until very little chunks remain.
  2. Place a fine mesh sieve over top of a large bowl and then pour the tomato mixture into the sieve so that the bowl catches the excess liquid. Keep the liquid as you may need it later. 
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in the onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Mix in the tomatoes, ½ cup of the tomato liquid that drained out, and the herbs.
  4. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, partially covered, for 1 hour, stirring a few times. As desired, you can add in more of the tomato liquid if you like a thinner sauce and if not, you can discard the leftover liquid.
  5. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper (plus a pinch of sugar as desired). Serve over pasta and ENJOY!


*Herbs – You can sub the fresh herbs for dried or use 1-2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 599.1 mg
  • Fat: 21.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Pomodoro sauce, Pasta pomodoro, Spaghetti pomodoro