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How to make tomato sauce using canned tomatoes at home

Tomato sauce is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from pasta to pizza. Making tomato sauce at home using canned tomatoes is a quick and easy way to enjoy the delicious flavor of fresh tomatoes all year round.

What are canned tomatoes?

Canned Italian tomatoes

Canned tomatoes are used when there aren't fresh Italian tomatoes available to give the sauce a better acidic taste. Canned tomatoes are also less expensive compared to the fresh Italian tomatoes.

Therefore when you have canned tomatoes at home it is better to use them to make a tomato sauce as the tomato sauce can be used in pasta, curry, and many other dishes that you make at home.

What is the shelf life of the tomato sauce?

While canned tomato sauce can remain for almost a year if unopened. While homemade tomato sauce can be kept for almost 4 to 5 days in the fridge. If you prefer storing it for a longer time it is better to seal them well properly and store it in a freezer to avoid it going bad.

Here's how to make tomato sauce at home using canned tomatoes.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 cups finely chopped white or yellow onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cans (28 oz each) whole peeled tomatoes

  • Kosher salt

  • Pinch crushed chili flakes


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute.

  4. Add the canned tomatoes, including their juice, to the saucepan.

  5. Use a wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes into small pieces.

  6. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of crushed chili flakes to the saucepan.

  7. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let it cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Taste the sauce and add more salt or chili flakes if needed.

  9. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool slightly.

  10. Use an immersion blender or transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth.


  • Use good quality canned tomatoes for the best flavor.

  • Add fresh herbs like basil or oregano to the sauce for extra flavor.

  • Use the sauce immediately or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  • Freeze the sauce in small portions for later use.

Making tomato sauce at home using canned tomatoes is a simple and delicious way to enjoy the flavor of fresh tomatoes all year round. With just a few ingredients and some basic cooking skills, you can create a flavorful sauce that can be used in a variety of dishes. So next time you're craving tomato sauce, try making it at home using canned tomatoes!

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