Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce


This homemade tomato sauce recipe has a secret ingredient… and it’s not the tomatoes.Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce-Mama's High Strung

I’m not saying that perfect tomatoes aren’t critical… they are THE MOST IMPORTANT ingredient. But I’ve added a little something else that gives this sauce a subtle layer of umami complexity.

A Parmesan cheese rind.

I’ve always saved (in the freezer) Parmesan cheese rinds to use in soups and stews as they simmer. But the other day I was making tomato sauce and I felt like it needed a little oomph. I dropped in a cheese rind and, viola! Enchantment.

Don’t flinch when you see that I used canned tomatoes. I know most homemade tomato sauce recipes call for fresh tomatoes. That’s great, but I think canned Italian San Marzano tomatoes (the ONLY canned tomato you should use for sauces) deliver a more consistent result.

I added the 4 other (not so secret) ingredients and used my Pauli Cookware to gently simmer the sauce until it was thick and rich with flavor. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so use some now and freeze the rest!

Here are a couple of recipes to make with the tomato sauce:

Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

Easy Pasta and Sausage Bake


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18 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

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  2. Megan Walker

    I love making homemade tomato sauce. To me, it tastes so much better than store-bought. The jarred kind is always too sweet for me! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

  3. Dina

    I love this idea. I’ve never done it but I love parm! Pinned this to our Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesday Board. Thanks for pinning up with us.

    1. Mama Post author

      Thanks for the pin! Let me know if you try this recipe… and make a whole bunch of it so you’ll have some when you don’t feel like cooking!

  4. Sherry

    Wow what a secret ingredient! I want to try this recipe. I have searched and searched for a good homemade and easy recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com