Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

Here is how you can easily make healthy tomato sauce at home, with a few easy-to-find ingredients!

Cuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
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  • 1 package Capital Italian Sausage (hot or mild)

  • 1 large White Onion

  • 3 large Green Onion

  • 7 cloves Garlic

  • 1 large handful Parsley

  • 1 large handful Basil

  • 1 Mariano size splash Wine (white or red)

  • 3 medium cans Crushed Tomatoes

  • 1 medium jar Strained Tomatoes

  • 1 small pinch Oregano

  • 1 small pinch Rosemary

  • 1 small pinch Hot Chili Flakes

  • 1 small pinch Sea Salt

  • 1/2 cup Tomato Paste

  • 3 medium Carrot

  • 1/4 cup Butter

  • 3 sticks Celery

  • 1 large Red Bell Pepper


  • Chop a large white onion, 3 lengths of green onion, 3 medium-sized carrots (fine), 3 sticks of celery, a red bell pepper, and a handful of garlic. Add to a pot with olive oil and set on med-high heat.
  • Remove the casing from 2-4 Capital Italian Sausage links, and add to a blender with a small handful of parsley and basil. Add a splash of wine to the mixture to ease the blending process.
  • When the garlic and onions are fragrant, add the sausage and herb mixture to the pot. Begin to cook everything together, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
  • In a separate pan, add tomato paste and wine, and bring to a simmering boil on medium heat.
  • In the pot full of vegetables, when the meat is cooked most or all the way, add 2-3 cans of crushed tomatoes, and a jar of strained tomatoes. Return to the stove to continue cooking.
  • Add a pinch or two of each of the dry herbs, and chili flakes if you want to give the sauce some extra heat
  • Once the tomato paste and wine are bubbling, add them to the big pot of sauce. Taste for seasoning, being careful not to overdo it! (You can always add more seasoning later if required)
  • Now is when you can add the butter if you like, stirring it into the sauce.
  • Let cook for about an hour and a half to ensure the flavors are well infused, and the vegetables/meat are cooked thoroughly.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta and jar the leftovers!


  • Large Saucepan
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Food Processor or Blender

Recipe Video


  • *Disclaimer: Mariano does not cook with precise measurements, so this is one of those recipes you’ll have to feel out and have fun with! In the video above, he makes sauce for about 40-50 servings with plans to store his sauce in jars for the future. If you don’t want to make that much sauce, scale down everything you see in the video proportionately to the amount of sauce you’re looking to make. Happy cooking!