Being able to use a good pomodoro sauce recipe for your pasta or just as an accompaniment to some bread is a real treat. In fact. way too often people think that preparing a tomato sauce at home is so difficult that it’s not worth the effort.

In reality, making a pomodoro sauce recipe is easy and it’s extremely rewarding: it’s a simple, delicious, and family-friendly way to dress up your pasta, your slice of bread or even your meat.

Below you will learn what is pomodoro sauce, ingredients and step by step recipe, the best type of tomatoes for tomato sauce recipes, and tips and trick to store/prepare your tomato sauce

What Is “Pomodoro Sauce”?

“Pomodoro” means “tomato” in Italian and the pomodoro sauce is just a fresh tomato sauce. The secret to a great Italian tomato sauce resides in the ingredients: sweet and ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian Extra Virgin olive oil is all you need

Well, you also need some patience because cooking requires time and this recipe also requires some time if you want to have a good result

How Do You Use A Homemade Pomodoro Sauce

Well, we Italians use our tomato sauce with everything. The main use, however, is with pasta (the super famous and easy pasta pomodoro is basically pasta dressed up with tomato sauce). Meatballs also are great if covered in real tomato sauce, and so is every other type of meat.

Not to mention a toasted slice of bread (bruschetta), which will be the highlight of every dinner party?

And what about Pizza?

Pomodoro Sauce: Ingredients

 800 grams of peeled tomatoes·

 Extra virgin olive oil·


 1 clove of garlic·


Pomodoro Sauce Recipe Step By Step

  1. In a pan pour the extra virgin olive oil together with the peeled clove of garlic cut in half. After 2 minutes of cooking over high heat, remove the garlic, add the peeled tomatoes and season with salt;
  2. Cover with a lid and cook for at least 1 hour over very low heat: stir occasionally. Once cooked, puree the tomatoes in a food processor or blender to obtain a smooth and homogeneous sauce;
  3. Transfer the tomato sauce to the pan again, turn on the very low heat again and add the basil leaves. After a few minutes you can turn off the heat, cover the sauce with a lid and keep it warm;
  4. Use the pomodoro sauce to dress up your pasta or your meatballs or anything else.

Preparation time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

How to Store Your Pomodoro Sauce

Once is ready, you can store your tomato sauce in different ways:

  • In a jar: put the sauce in a sterilized jar, close the lid, check the vacuum by giving a gentle push with your thumb in the center of the lid and you’re good to go. Your tomato sauce can be stored in sterilized jars for up to 1 year, far from the sunlight. Once opened, you will have to use the sauce within 2-3 days;
  • In the freezer: bring your sauce to room temperature, store in an airtight freezer-safe container in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, and then freeze for up to 3-4 months. Remember that if you freeze your tomato sauce, when thawed it could become too watery;

In the refrigerator: bring your sauce to room temperature, store in an airtight freezer-safe container in the refrigerator for max 2 days, making sure the lid is sealed so that no humidity will enter in.