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Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce

This sauce can be used on pasta or pizza and spooned over vegetables, rice, or fish.

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  • Yield: Makes 6 cups
Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce

Source: Everyday Food: Great Food Fast


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or Italian seasoning


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the tomatoes with their juice and the thyme; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes.


To make a meat sauce, use 1 pound cooked ground meat, such as beef, sausage, turkey, or pork, and add to sauce along with the tomatoes.

Cook's Note

Sauce can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Reviews (6)

  • cheftb 21 Sep, 2013

    This is my go-to sauce. I just add a few extra seasoning. Very good.

  • cheftb 21 Sep, 2013

    This is my go-to sauce. I just add a few extra seasoning. Very good.

  • Stephmtl 4 Sep, 2013

    This is an easy basic recipe. I added a dash of tobasco sauce and some red pepper flakes to give the sauce more of a kick. I also processed the ingredients on low for 10 seconds in my vitamix before simmering in order to give it a smoother texture. Will make this recipe again.

  • makeitpretty 27 Dec, 2008

    This red sauce was a total hit! However, I pureed the sauce in a cuisinart before I served/cooked with it. (My husband hates chunky sauce.)That made the texture AWESOME, and perfect for the chicken parmesan recipe.

  • Jaskitiffany 27 Feb, 2008

    This was a very good red sause. The only thing I was not expecting it to be so chuncky from the diced tomatoes. Also I got 4 cups out of the recipe when it said it made 6 cups.

  • Candlelight 6 Feb, 2008

    This is a very nice, quick red sauce. I used it with Italian sausage and it's great!

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