Homemade Tomato Sauce

 Tonight I had this conversation with my little boy while I was tucking him into bed:

“How do you know I love you?” I asked him
“You tell me 2 billion times a day,” he replied.
“If I didn’t tell you, how would you know?  I asked.
“I can feel it in your hugs,” he said.

That really got me.  I try not to take things for granted in life.  Like my children.  Or hot showers.  Or glass bottles that I get to keep after I’m finished with the food inside.  It’s the little things in life that make all the difference really.

Here’s a little recipe that’s making a difference in my kitchen.  It’s my new go to sauce for chili, bean dishes and pasta.  The boys scarf it down and I love its versatility and flavor.  The husband doesn’t mind it either, in fact, he seems to likes it.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt


  • In a 9 inch skillet, heat olive oil
  • Add onion and sauté until soft, about 10 minutes
  • Add cherry tomatoes, water, garlic, oregano, chili and salt
  • Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes over medium heat until tomatoes are soft and beginning to fall apart
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
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Stay tuned.  In the next few weeks I will post warm and comforting entree dishes over which you can serve this easy sauce.


21 responses to “Homemade Tomato Sauce”

  1. I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this was, really sweet. The chili powder wasn’t overpowering at all. Was also a huge hit with the hubs and so simple and quick to make! Went really well with your meatballs

  2. Hi, thank you for this awesome blog, I just discovered it this week. I been diagnosed diabetic a few months back and it has been hell and high water finding good food that i can eat without the guilt and stress of high glucose. Although you dont have any special diet here for diabetes, I have found most of your recipes are good for me. Just made the simple bread was short of the almond flour by half a cup so I just used dessicated coconut as we dont get coconut flour:) it is delicious. thanks again

  3. Love this post and the quote from your son. Children have a way of explaining things so simply and beautifully. Will definitely give your recipe a go. Your blog is brilliant! Fifi

  4. Hi Elana! I’m a newly married woman and spend most days cooking for my wonderful husband, which is a joy by the way:) I visit your website almost everyday. Thanks so much for the homade tomato sauce recipe, I just added a little bit to it: I teaspoon of rosemary and a carrot to take away some of the acidity. It balanced it out very nicely. I removed the carrot at the end of simmering. Blessings…

  5. Wonderful sauce, you can try it on quinoa pasta is the best; and if you like tuna, is perfect with a corn tortilla.

  6. I came acroo your sauce haven’t tryed it yet but can’t wait to. I was wondering could I can it?
    You know like when you can stuff. I have cherry
    tomato I’m puting in my gardan this year so that’s why I was wondering if I can can the sauce?
    Please let me know.

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