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Real Men Cook: How to Make Tomato Sauce

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I’m sure at one point or another you’ve wondered how to make Tomato Sauce? I know I have. If you think about it, most good Italian restaurant don’t buy Ragu or Bertolli’s pasta sauce off the shelf to serve you! They make their own Homemade Tomato Sauce! That’s what makes it so good, its fresh. Well, you can make your own at home now too! In fact, better yet, your MAN can! 🙂

The best part about this Homemade Tomato Sauce is that it only has 3 ingredients, roma tomatoes, roasted garlic, and fresh basil leaves. Plus, it is super easy to make!

Men… Here is your chance to impress the socks off your family with this amazing Homemade sauce.  Just be prepared to make it again after the 1st time. 🙂

To get started, wash 2.5 lbs. of roma tomatoes. Cut in half and place on a baking sheet. Next, place 4 garlic cloves with shell on onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

**Note: If you would not like seeds in your sauce, then scoop out the inside seeds with a spoon before you bake in the oven.

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Place baking sheet into a 400º oven and roast for 25 minutes.

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Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool. Next, remove garlic clove shell. Place all tomatoes and garlic in a blender along with 1 cup of fresh basil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

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Blend until desired consistency.

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Serve up with some whole wheat pasta.

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Real Men Cook: How to Make Tomato Sauce

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiments & Sauces, Gluten Free, Paleo, Pasta, Real Men Cook
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


Making homemade tomato sauce is easier than you think—and the results are so worth it!


  • 2.5 lbs of roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup of basil
  • 4 garlic cloves, in their shell
  • 1 tsp. of salt {add more if needed}
  • 1/2 tsp. of pepper
  • 3 T. of olive oil


  1. Wash roma tomatoes.
  2. Cut in half and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Next, place garlic cloves with shell on onto the baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place baking sheet into a 400º oven and roast for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool.
  7. Next, remove garlic clove shells.
  8. Place all tomatoes and garlic in a blender along with fresh basil, salt, and pepper.
  9. Blend until desired consistency.
  10. Serve up with some whole wheat pasta.

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20 comments on “Real Men Cook: How to Make Tomato Sauce”

  1. Krista, thanks for the great recipe! I was just wondering if you had a problem with seeds in your sauce? I used a sieve to get the seeds and skins out. I don’t mind the skins, but couldn’t get the seeds out unless I used the sieve. I had a lot of fresh Romas and basil from my garden, so this was a great way to go. I have the sauce jars in the canner as I write this!

    1. Awesome Nick! I did have seeds in mine, but I don’t mind it. I like the texture, I know I’m a weirdo. One quick way to solve that problem next time would be to just scoop the seeds out before hand. I will make that note in my recipe now so others know too. Thanks so much for the feed back Nick. So excited that you have them in the canner and jealous that you have abundance in your garden. Mine, not so much. 🙁

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four

    This looks so delicious. I love the richness roasting the tomatoes adds. Thank you so much for coming by and linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!

    1. Totally agree. I love anything roasted because of the flavor it adds. Thanks for stopping by and hosting such an awesome party!

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Krista, this is absolutely making my mouth water! I don’t even remember the last time I even purchased a jar/can spaghetti sauce. Justin and I LOVE making spaghetti sauce together…with a glass of wine, of course. (We’ve done it every since we’ve met.) One bottle for us…and another bottle for the sauce!
    I love how you roasted the tomatoes…that’s such a great idea! Doing it next time. (=

    1. Ohh… that sounds so fun! I think I have Mike and I’s next date night idea. Oh.. and a Cab would be perfect with the sauce. Man!!! I wish you lived over here, we would have so much fun. Plus.. your big boys could play with my little boy. 🙂 hehe Thanks for stopping by and for the wine idea!

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    Krista, dropping in from The Best Blog Recipes Linky Party; thanks for sharing I will bookmark to try when my tomatoes are ready in 4 months time.

    1. Awesome!! So jealous that you have fresh tomatoes “brewing” in your back yard. Let me know how it turns out. Thanks so much for stopping by Cindy. 🙂

  5. I am a delinquent Italian-American who rarely makes her own sauce. Love the roasted tomatoes… I know exactly what this does to a sauce… delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe on foodie friday.

    1. Awe… thanks for stopping by Diane. Love seeing your comments. 🙂 I’m sure that your rarely made sauce is amazing.. it has to be.. your part Italian! 🙂 Would love to hear what you do to yours!

  6. This is awesome Krista. I blanched mine & made my first paste a couple months ago. It worked well for giving our store bought sauce more body & fullness. But I am eager to make my own sauce 100%. This recipe looks so much quicker than what I did. Once our co-op really gets going we will have an abundance of tomatoes- so I will definitely be using this recipe & canning it to use all year long. Thank you!

    1. Awesome!! I’m jealous you have a co-op. We only have a small farmers market near us but the quality is not the best unfortunately. I hope you and those cute kiddos of yours love it! 🙂 FYI- I have never tried canning before. You should do a post on it so I can learn. hehe

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    Meredith @ unOriginalMom

    I’ve never made tomato sauce all the way from scratch…but this doesn’t look to hard! Can you use any kind of tomato? I’ll have to try it with some fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden this summer!

    1. To be honest… I hadn’t either. But I will from now on, you can definitely taste the difference. As far as which tomatoes, I think you could use tomatoes from the vine as well. I just wouldn’t use the beef steak ones. Yeah, for fresh ingredients from the garden. 🙂 You will have to take pictures of your garden so far. I would love to see it! 🙂

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    Cindy Eikenberg

    Hi Krista, I’m all about the tomato sauce! Love trying other recipes, so definitely printing this one! Thanks for sharing, pinning and have an awesome weekend!

    1. Thanks Cindy… I’m all about the tomato sauce too! Although a good cream sauce is good every once in a while too. 🙂 Hope you have an awesome weekend chica!