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Everyday Tomato Sauce

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Makes 9-10 cups
Everyday Tomato Sauce


  • 5 pounds Backyard Farms San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 to 8 large sprigs fresh basil leaves


This sauce made with Backyard Farms San Marzano plum tomatoes is quick to make and is a go to sauce for everything from topping pizza to tossing with your favorite pasta and it freezes beautifully too!


Core the Backyard Farms tomatoes, cut them into coarse chunks and puree them in a food processor until smooth. Strain the pulp through a fine mesh sieve to remove the skins and seeds. If you don’t have a food processor, use a food mill to mash the tomatoes. Set the strained puree aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot and cook the onion over medium heat, stirring, until soft. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until it becomes soft but do not let it brown or the sauce will be bitter. Pour in the tomato puree and wine. Stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.


Recipe developed for Backyard Farms by Mary Ann Esposito of Ciao Italia