Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce

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  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onions, salt and pepper, and sauté until onions are translucent and carrots are softened. Add garlic and cook until garlic is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Turn heat up to high and pour crushed tomatoes into pan. Stir in basil. Bring to a simmer, stirring often. Stir in sugar and reduce heat to simmer, 5-7 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in parsley and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to taste, and adjust salt as needed.

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