Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce (Freezer Friendly Version)

by Maggie on September 25, 2012

There are many reasons to fall in love with Fall (this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is one of them).

I think what I love most about Fall is visiting the farmer’s market and seeing the array of beautiful and vibrant color.  Come Fall I am ready for roasted root vegetables, colorful soups, and veggie-full pastas.

For the past three years, my Mom and I have been making our own tomato sauce and freezing it.  One day we will do it properly and can it, but for now this is a great way to take advantage of September’s tomato harvest.

We pick a late September weekend and spend a day together in the kitchen.  It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon – hanging with my Momma and making delicious tomato sauce for my family.

You could easily make this recipe any time of year, and you could easily adapt it, or change the quantity of ingredients.  The recipe below makes about 14 cups of sauce.

I use glass Anchor storage containers and leave about an inch of space in each container.  I like to use containers of all sizes so I can grab a small one when I need pizza sauce for the kids, or a larger one when I’m making a big batch of spaghetti. Mine usually lasts about 6 months in the freezer.

Homemade Tomato Sauce (for freezing or immediate use)

 Makes about 14 cups


24 cups Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped, seeded if you like (we didn’t seed ours)
1 1/2 cups white onions, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup green pepper (heaping) coarsely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped kale
1/2 cup finely chopped basil
1/2 cup finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large, low and wide saucepan or a large tall spaghetti pot.
  2.  Simmer uncovered for 50 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened, broken down and reduced.
  3. Use a hand blender to puree the ingredients into a slightly chunky sauce.
  4. Season with the salt and pepper to taste.


  • We used a food processor to chop onions, green pepper, kale, basil and garlic.
  • This recipe triples and quadruples easily. All you need are big enough pots! Also freezes!
  • We used almost a bushel of organic tomatoes from our amazing CSA Farmers.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

christine September 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

your sauce looks truly beautiful – I was hoping to generate enough tomatoes from the garden to make sauce to freeze down, but the weather hasn’t been too good here:( never mind, we’ve enjoyed what the greenhouse has produced:)


Maggie September 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks Christine – I am definitely going to plant more tomatoes next Spring! I’m glad there’s always the greenhouse – do you have your own?


Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I love a good fresh homemade tomato sauce, I love your addition of the kale, what a nice touch. I definitely plan to make some sauce when I get home from Chicago next week, I’ll definitely be adding kale.


Maggie September 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks Beth, I like to sneak kale in wherever I can! Have a fab time in Chicago – I love it there!


Dana September 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Wow, this sauce looks wonderful! I love the idea of using different size jars when freezing. I will be heading to the farmer’s market tomorrow for tomatoes 🙂


Maggie September 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Thanks Dana – my Mom and I are headed back to the market for more tomatoes too 🙂 We didn’t save any for chopping and freezing like we did last year. What would we do without our freezers!?


Shirley @ gfe October 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

What a beautiful and super healthy sauce, Maggie! I just love it! Will have to make some of my own in the future. Like Beth, I love the addition of the kale, too. Wonder what else could be sneaked in this sauce for extra nutrition? 😉



Maggie October 3, 2012 at 4:12 am

Thanks Shirley! I like to put nutritional yeast into my sauce too, usually I do that when I’m almost ready to serve it. It adds a lovely cheezy flavor 🙂 xo


easy recipes October 23, 2012 at 12:32 am

Nice DIY tomato sauce. Easy to make and tastes absolutely great. Perfect for so many other recipes.


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