Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce


A 5 ingredient sauce: fresh tomato, red onion, garlic, fresh parsley and basil. I sautéed the onion and garlic in a little olive oil seasoning with salt and pepper. Then added my roughly chopped tomatoes. See the Seasonal Chef post that accompanies this recipe: You say “tomato” I say “tomahto.”

Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

Makes about 4 cups


  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, 1/4" dice, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs of tomatoes, assorted colors and sizes, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 lightly packed chopped fresh herbs, parsley, basil and/or thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper


  1. Over medium heat saute the red onion, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Saute until the onions are soft and just start to take on a little color. About 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and another 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and cook until the tomatoes break down and become a rustic looking sauce.  Add the fresh herbs and set aside. I used a combination of basil and parsley in mine, but use what you prefer. Thyme and rosemary or even oregano and parsley would be great combinations.
  2. Serve warm with pasta or meatballs and a nice slice of crusty bread to soak up the juice!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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