Easiest Fresh Tomato Sauce No Peeling- turn your bounty of homegrown tomatoes into this flavorful sauce. No peeling, seeding, or straining!Jump to Recipe
This summer I was pleasantly surprised to see that my plants produced an abundance of tomatoes. I knew that making sauce would be a great way to make use of my harvest, but I didn’t want to spend all afternoon prepping tomatoes and cooking. This easy, fresh tomato sauce is the answer for anyone who wants homemade sauce but doesn’t want to spend hours making it.
Homemade tomato sauce is usually a labor-intensive process that begins with blanching tomatoes in a large pot of boiling water, transferring them to an ice bath, and then removing the skins. The next step is to remove the seeds using a grater or food mill. This may not sound too bad until you realize that these steps must be done with several pounds of tomatoes!
This recipe leaves the skin on the tomatoes and includes the seeds. The skin pretty much dissolves when cooked.
This is a basic recipe that can be customized with red pepper flakes, veggies or your favorite spices.
What kind of tomatoes are best for this sauce?
Unlike many homemade sauce recipes, this one doesn’t require Roma tomatoes. You can use your favorite type of tomato. I find that the non-paste tomatoes often have a better flavor. The best tomatoes to use are ones that are dark red with no bruises or dark spots.
Easiest Fresh Tomato Sauce No Peeling
Fresh tomatoes (any kind)
Fresh herbs (I used fresh basil and oregano, but thyme and parsley are great options too)
Start by slicing smaller tomatoes in half and quarter larger ones.
Working in batches, add tomatoes to a food processor and mix until roughly chopped. You could also use an immersion blender. I like a chunky sauce, but if you prefer a smooth one you can process the tomatoes longer.
After chopping, put tomatoes in a strainer to remove some of the extra liquid.
Add the tomatoes to a large pan or stockpot. Season with garlic, salt, and herbs. Turn to medium/high heat and wait for the tomatoes to boil. Once they boil, reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
The longer you cook the sauce, the more the tomatoes will reduce and the thicker it will become. I cooked mine for 60 minutes and it reduced by approximately 1/3. I recommend cooking the sauce between 45 and 90 minutes.
Once the sauce is finished, you can put it in a can so it will be shelf stable. If you don’t can it, it will keep for 1 week in a jar in the refrigerator. Another option is to divide it into servings and freeze it in ziplock bags or freezer-safe food storage containers.
Easiest Fresh Tomato Sauce No Peeling
- 4-5 lbs Fresh tomatoes (any variety)
- 3-4 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 tbsp salt (more or less depending on taste)
- 1 tbsp sugar (more or less depending on taste)
- Fresh herbs (chopped) quantity depends on taste
- Cut smaller tomatoes in half and quarter large ones.
- Working in groups, add tomatoes to a food processor and mix until roughly chopped. I like a chunky sauce, but if you prefer a smooth one you can process the tomatoes longer. Use a strainer to drain some of the liquid.
- Add the tomatoes to a large pan or stockpot. Season with garlic, salt, and herbs. Turn to medium/high heat and wait for the tomaotes to boil. Once they boil, reduce to a simmer, stirring occassionly. The longer you cook the sauce, the more the tomatoes will reduce and the thicker it will become. I cooked mind for 60 minutes and it reduced by approximately 1/3. I recommend cooking the sauce between 45 and 90 minutes.
- Once finished, you can store the sauce in the refridgerator for 7 days or freeze it for up to 3 months. Another option is to can it.
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