Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

How to Make Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Authentic Italian Tomato sauce, just like my family makes it. Classic. The most important ingredients are good passata and fresh BASIL..and it will make your kitchen smell as good as it tastes!
Learn How to Make Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

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How to Make Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Keep your extra in the freezer

It’s always good to make a little extra and if you have any left over, you can keep this in the freezer until you wish to use it again, remembering you can add other vegetables and ingredients later as this is just a basic tomato sauce.


Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Vincenzo's Plate


  • Medium saucepan
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping-board


  • ¼ Onion Chopped finely
  • 2 Carrots Peeled and cut in half
  • 2 Branches of celery
  • Fresh Italian basil A generous portion
  • Fresh Italian parsley A generous portion
  • 2 bottles Italian passata for tomato sauce
  • A handful of dry mixed herbs
  • 2 pinches Rock salt
  • 1 glass Water


  • Get a medium size saucepan and put it onto the stove at a medium heat, adding 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the finely chopped onions.
  • Stir regularly until they brown (normally this takes a couple of minutes). Chop the parsely and basil (you can also break the basil with your hands to save some of the flavour).
  • Now add the passata and stir it in with the onions.remembering you can add other vegetables and ingredients later as this is just a basic sauce.
  • It’s now time to help strengthen the flavour of your sauce by adding fresh herbs and vegetables.
  • Add parsley and basil, then the carrots.
  • Now, get your two branches of celery and break off the heads. Then break the celery in half using your hands if you like, and put them into your tomato sauce as well.
  • It is important that you add the celery so don’t leave it out. The flavour it adds to your pasta sauce cannot be replaced!
  • Add 2 ½ pinches of rock salt for added flavour, and stir.
  • My secret ingredient is now the dried mixed herbs. Add 2 pinches to the sauce and continue to stir. The smell will be mouth-watering!
  • Lastly, add a glass of water to the tomato sauce and stir it once again.
  • The sauce needs to simmer on a medium high heat for around 40 minutes with the lid on. Remember to check on and stir the sauce every 5-8 minutes so the tomato does not stick to the bottom.
  • Once it is ready, remove it from your stove and add it to your favourite pasta or dish!
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!
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