Homemade Chunky Tomato Pasta Sauce

Homemade Chunky Tomato Sauce


This is so easy to do that I almost talked myself out of posting this, but I always use my own recipe for tomato sauce in the summer when I have tons of fresh tomatoes available. It is great to use on pasta, fish, or vegetables.  Tonight I poured it over baked cod and wilted spinach.  All I do is place about 5 large tomatoes in boiling water for minute to remove the skins with ease, and I chop and core them. In a skillet I saute 2 large onions in olive oil, add 4 cloves garlic, 5 chopped basil leaves, salt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one can of tomato sauce.  Simmer it all on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. It should look something like this:

Homemade Chunky Tomato Sauce cooking

Use it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for later. I like to always have a jar available during the summer for a quick meal.


Homemade Chunky Tomato Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
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Serves: 6
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 basil leaves, chopped
  • 5 large garden fresh tomatoes, skins removed and tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can tomato sauce (optional-you can add more tomatoes and blend them in a blender. See instructions below, especially for eggplant parmigiana)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Boil a pot of water and dip tomatoes into water to remove the skins.
  2. In a skillet with olive oil, saute onions until soft and translucent
  3. Add garlic and chopped tomatoes
  4. Add the tomato sauce (Remember this is optional- I do this to make more sauce-see note below)
  5. Stir in the honey
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Simmer on medium low heat for about 20 minutes
  8. NOTE: If you are using this sauce for my eggplant parmigiana, use the method without the can of tomato sauce. Chop tomatoes, pulse in a blender for a couple of minutes, add to the skillet of onions and other ingredients. Cook on medium-low heat until sauce thickens and turns a deep red.



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4 thoughts on “Homemade Chunky Tomato Pasta Sauce

    1. Thanks,so much for visiting my site. I use this sauce all through the summer until the tomatoes are gone. It is really good on pasta and many other things I’ll share in the next few weeks. I love Ann, and I’m so glad she introduced you to my site.

  1. Oh my goodness Dana….I love love love Salsa. I’ll bring the chips and you bring the salsa and we will sneak off for a break at work hahahehehaha

  2. This is really just pasta sauce or marinara sauce, not really a salsa, but I guess you could use it as that. It’s Italian sauce that I use with pasta, parmigiana, and manicotti.

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