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Pomodoro Sauce

This Pomodoro Sauce is a smooth, thick, and flavorful tomato sauce that you can make in 30 minutes and pairs well with pasta dishes like our penne Pomodoro among other dishes such as this Margherita pizza and spaghetti with meat sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories111.4 kcal
Cost $ 1.00 per person


  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 Chef's knife
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • blender optional


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced or grated
  • 28 oz can San Marzano crushed tomatoes (or canned whole peeled tomatoes that you can blend in the blender before cooking)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil torn in half
  • Salt and pepper to taste (if you are NOT on a low-carb diet, you may add a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes)


Classic Pomodoro Sauce:

  • Heat a saucepan over low to medium heat, add the olive oil and cook the onion for about 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover the pan and let the mixture simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring now and then, or until the Pomodoro sauce has thickened.
  • Toss with cooked pasta or gnocchi and parmesan cheese, or use as a topping for pizzas.

Quick Pomodoro Sauce:

  • Heat a no-stick saucepan pan over medium heat. Then add olive oil and sauté the garlic for about 1 minute, stirring now and then, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in tomatoes, 2 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 teaspoon onion powder, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional), and basil.
  • Simmer on medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes. Use an immersion blender, food processor, or blender to smooth the sauce if needed.

Recipe Notes


Store the Pomodoro sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. 
Freeze it for up to 3 months. Let it cool and then place the sauce in plastic freezer bags (or containers) and lay them flat in your freezer. When they are frozen, stand them up to save room.
Thaw in the fridge! (it may take up to 24 hours)
Reheat in a pan over low heat until hot.  Adjust seasonings like kosher salt if needed!


Calories: 111.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.5g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.2g | Sodium: 285.6mg | Potassium: 429.8mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 5.9g | Vitamin A: 312.1IU | Vitamin C: 21.7mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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