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Simple Tomato Sauce

  • Author: April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


When tomatoes are in season this simple tomato sauce will put them to good use. It’s cooked just long enough to develop a richness without losing that summer-fresh flavor of the tomatoes.



  • 2 lbs of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Roast the tomatoes for 20 minutes, or until the skins break and they start to release their juices. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. In a pot heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened. Add in the garlic and cook for additional 2-3 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes (plus any juice accumulated in the pan) to the pan with the onion and garlic.
  3. Reduce the heat, add the salt, and allow the tomatoes to simmer for at least 15 minutes. Stir in the chopped basil. Puree the sauce until smooth and toss with your favorite pasta.

  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 149
  • Sugar: 8.1g
  • Sodium: 596.6mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 32.g
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: easy tomato sauce, cherry tomato sauce, easy pasta sauce