How to Cook Fresh and Simple Tomato Sauce

by World Seasonings

I learned the basis of this recipe while living in Italy. Just a few fresh ingredients, a little time, the right tools and some love. Use this sauce as a base for pasta sauces, pizza, soups and more.


  • 3 Teaspoons #4 Pronto Italiano from
  • 2 Large cans whole peeled Tomatoes
  • 4 Medium carrots, grated
  • 4 Stalks of celery, diced small
  • 1 Large onion, diced
  • 5 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Large sauce pan
  • 1 Food mill (if you have it, otherwise a blender)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Simple ingredients always make the best food. Let the flavors of the food your cooking be the star. No need for a ton of garlic or lots of oregano. Thats great for some, but this is great for all!

    Step 2

    Grate the carrots with your cheese grater. Since I'm using a food mill later it wont matter. Dice the celery and onion medium to small. I think they cook better and release a deeper flavor.

    Step 3

    Add the olive oil to a hot sauce pan over medium high heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and 1 teaspoon of #4 Pronto Italiano. This blend has the perfect amount of herbs and spices - makes it so easy!

    Step 4

    While the veggies are sautéing down, open the tomatoes then take a sharp knife and gently cut up the whole tomatoes. A lot easier and cleaner.

    Step 5

    Sauté the veggies for about 10-12 minutes over medium heat, just till the onions are a bit translucent.

    Step 6

    Add both cans of tomatoes along with 2 teaspoons of the Italian blend. Adding flavor in layers is a good rule to remember. When you add something new to a pan, it will need a little seasoning too.

    Step 7

    Food-mill time. If you don't have a food mill you can cautiously use a blender. But food mills break down the chunk with care and ease, making the perfect texture for the sauce.

    Step 8

    Scrape down the sides then add more sauce. I usually run the sauce through twice, it helps get all the extra chunks in the mill into the sauce.

    Step 9

    This is what your sauce will look like after the first run through the food mill. Cook the sauce down for another 15-20 minutes to thicken it up perfectly.

    Step 10

    Run it through the mill one more time. Then place back in sauce pan to cook over low heat for 20-30 minutes. The longer you cook it, the deeper the flavors and thicker the sauce.

    Step 11

    This is such a fresh and light sauce. Look for other guides to see how I use it. Fantastic on many things, but most of all, just some spaghetti with a little fresh parmesan and some rustic bread.