How to Make a Quick, Fresh Tomato Sauce

This simple tomato sauce recipe will jazz up any pasta dish in minutes – perfect for a quick, fresh, and easy meal.

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick pasta dinner or you’re looking for a new way to spice up your pizza or chicken, this recipe for quick, fresh tomato sauce is sure to hit the spot. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this sauce comes together in minutes and is packed with flavor. Plus, it’s made with fresh tomatoes, so you can feel good about what you’re eating. Ready to get cooking? Let’s go! 

All you need is a handful of fresh ingredients and about 30 minutes. So put on your apron and let’s get started!

fresh tomatoes in bowl with herbs on side
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What type of tomatoes make the best sauce?

When making a quick fresh tomato sauce, it’s best to use Roma tomatoes. They have a thicker skin and less seeds than other types of tomatoes, which makes for a smoother sauce.

First, I washed and cleaned my tomatoes and the fresh herbs I’d be using. 

fresh herbs with garlic and garlic roller on counter

Next, time to prep my garlic. My brother had recommended this garlic roller to me a while back to easily take off the membrane of the outer garlic, and I love it. 

Did you see my post from last week where I made infused garlic olive oil? Talk about the perfect addition to my quick, fresh tomato sauce!

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Quick Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

fresh tomatoes in bowl on counter with herbs on side

Quick Fresh Tomato Sauce

My simple tomato sauce recipe will jazz up any pasta dish in minutes – perfect for a quick, fresh and easy meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 people


  • Sauce pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Pairing Knife
  • Garlic Press


  • 8 Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt (as desired)
  • Garlic Salt (as desired)
  • Shredded Mozzarella (topping over pasta)

Fresh Herbs ( parsley, basil, oregano, as desired)


  • Cut Tomatoes in quartered pieces
  • Heat Olive Oil over medium heat
  • Add Crushed Garlic (do not let brown as it will become bitter – just heat until tender)
  • Carefully add tomatoes to Olive Oil
  • Top the tomatoes with fresh herbs and let simmer for 30 minutes

Tomato Sauce Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 8 fresh garden tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp each fresh basil, parsley, and oregano
  • (28 ounces) 1 can of San Marzano organic tomatoes (when a larger batch of sauce is needed and you do not have fresh tomatoes) 
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sprinkle garlic salt and shredded mozzarella cheese on pasta
garlic sauteed in pot of oil

Up next, saute your garlic in the olive oil, not letting it brown as it will become bitter.

Kitchen Supplies for Making Tomato Sauce

Time to place your garden herbs on top of the tomatoes, allowing them to marry into the sauce for the best flavor!

pot of fresh tomatoe chunchs cooking on pot
can of san marzano organic tomatoes

On occasion, to ‘stretch’ my sauce, I’ll add a can of organic San Marzano peeled tomatoes. Subsequently, they are the only tomatoes I use. If you’ve tasted them, you’ll know why! Deliciously good!

pot of tomatoe sauce cooking

Meanwhile, allow the sauce to simmer for approximately 30 minutes. 

Doesn’t that sound amazing, and simple? 

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Dinner is served

Lastly, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese and a dash of garlic salt on top.  Supper has never been so easy with this quick, fresh tomato sauce. 

dish of pasta in red sauce

In conclusion, making a fresh tomato sauce is easy and only requires a few ingredients. The most important part is to use quality, ripe tomatoes. By following these simple steps, you can create an amazing sauce that will elevate any dish.

Ever tried making your own tomato sauce? What tips would you add?

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world. It means so much to me. I hope you enjoyed this post! Leave a comment below and let me know, do you call it sauce? or do you call it gravy? 

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