Homemade Healthy Tomato Sauce

Last Updated on February 14, 2023 by Kayla Berman

Healthy Tomato Sauce is a quick and easy sauce recipe perfect for countless dishes! Made with canned crushed tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil … this simple sauce is flavorful, fragrant, sweet, balanced, and delicious. Plus this homemade sauce is low sodium, low sugar, and made without any additives!

Looking for more pasta sauce recipes? Check out my Greek Yogurt Alfredo or Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce!

healthy tomato sauce with spaghetti and fresh basil

Simple & Delicious 30 Minute Tomato Sauce

Something I will always need in my kitchen is a good jar of tomato sauce! It just can be thrown in countless easy dinners and quick recipes.

Now the only trouble is … it is so hard to find a truly good jar of sauce. The flavorful, high quality, and delicious ones are too expensive and the cheap ones are just not that great.

But do not worry! I have the solution for this very big problem. You can make your own homemade sauce! It will be better for you and better for the bank. It is truly a win-win!

Healthy tomato sauce is made from scratch with only a few simple, high quality ingredients!

Crushed tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, and simple seasonings come together to make a fragrant, flavorful, sweet, and balanced sauce.

Plus it is low sodium, low sugar, and can be ready in under 30 minutes! I promise everyone will be impressed with this simple sauce.

homemade tomato sauce in a large pan with a wooden spoon

Ingredients

This healthy pasta sauce is made with only a handful of simple ingredients!

Fresh herbs, garlic, and pantry staples come together to make the perfect addition to pasta night.

Ingredient Notes

  • Crushed Tomatoes: The key ingredient in this simple recipe is of course canned tomatoes! I like to use the Tuttorosso San Marzano Style Hand Crushed Tomatoes with Basil & Sea Salt, but any 2 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes will work.
  • Olive Oil: A little olive oil helps adds a great taste to this sauce! Make sure to use 3 tbsp of a high quality extra virgin olive oil for the best results.
  • Fresh Garlic: 6-8 garlic cloves make for quite the flavorful sauce here! If you are a garlic super fan, feel free to add in even more.
  • Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning gives this healthy spaghetti sauce extra flavor and the traditional pasta sauce taste! 2 tsp is all you need.
  • Fresh Basil: I absolutely love the addition of fresh basil in this sauce! It takes the recipe up a couple notches and helps liven up the pantry staples. Use 2 tbsp … or more!
  • White Sugar: 2 tsp white sugar enhances the natural sweetness of the tomatoes in this recipe and helps keep the acidity down.
  • Salt & Pepper: Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste.
tomato sauce ingredients

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How To Make This Recipe

This healthy sauce is a quick and easy recipe perfect for pasta dishes and so much more!

You can prepare a big batch in about 30 minutes to have on hand for whenever you’d typically reach for a store-bought sauce. It’s better for you and for the bank!

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Add the olive oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning to a large pot or skillet on the stove over medium heat.

Step 2: Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the garlic is soft and fragrant.

Step 3: Add the crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, and white sugar to the pot.  Season with salt and black pepper.  Combine.

tomato sauce in a pan before mixing

Step 4: Simmer on low-medium heat for 20 minutes.

Step 5: Add finishing touches of salt and pepper.

healthy homemade tomato sauce

Step 6: Serve with pasta or add to you favorite dishes. Enjoy!

spaghetti with tomato sauce and fresh basil

Expert Tips

Make sure to use high quality ingredients for the best tasting sauce. As the recipe requires quite minimal ingredients, you need to ensure they are all the best they can be.

If you don’t use the basil & sea salt flavored crushed tomatoes, simply add more fresh or dried basil and salt. It will not be a big deal!

Spice up the sauce! Feel free to add whatever additional seasonings and spices you’d like to this tomato sauce. I think garlic powder, red chili flakes, dried basil, and dried oregano would all be great options.

Use fresh herbs! Since this simple sauce is made with mainly pantry ingredients, they really help to liven and brighten up the dish.

If you want a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender.

spaghetti pasta bowl topped with fresh basil

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this sauce recipe healthy?

This tomato sauce recipe is a great option because it is made with all healthy, wholesome, and natural ingredients that you recognize and that come from your own kitchen!

There are no unnecessary additives or ingredients, like in most jarred sauces.

Plus there is only a minimal amount of added sugar to balance the acidity and you can control the added salt. Which is not the case for store-bought sauces!

Not to mention tomatoes themselves are loaded with beneficial nutrients like vitamin c, potassium, and antioxidants.

How do I prevent an acidic tomato sauce?

The white sugar used in this recipe will prevent the sauce from becoming acidic!

If you wouldn’t like to add any sugar to this sauce, you can place a carrot in the sauce while it simmers. This will release a natural sweetness and help to balance the sauce.

How to serve this healthy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe?

This sauce is absolutely delicious served on pasta with fresh basil and parmesan cheese on top!

Add some Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs or Chicken Veggie Meatballs for the ultimate Italian dinner.

How to best store this recipe?

The recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for about 5 days – 1 week!

Can I freeze this tomato sauce recipe?

Yes! Transfer the sauce to a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer. It will keep for a couple of months.

healthy spaghetti sauce in a pan

How To Use Homemade Tomato Sauce

This homemade tomato sauce can be used in so many different ways…

It can replace jarred marinara sauce in pasta recipes like Burrata Pasta with Zucchini, Corn, & Tomatoes.

Or as a dipping sauce for Cheesy Crescent Garlic Knots, Air Fryer Chicken Sausages, or Air Fried Ravioli.

You can also throw it into low carb meals like Zucchini Lasagna or Pizza Zucchini Boats.

You can always of course just simply serve the sauce on a big bowl of pasta!

pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil

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Healthy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Healthy Tomato Sauce is a quick and easy sauce recipe perfect for countless dishes! Made with canned crushed tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil … this simple sauce is flavorful, fragrant, sweet, balanced, and delicious. Plus this homemade sauce is low sodium, low sugar, and made without any additives!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Servings 1x
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

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  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes, basil & sea salt if possible (see Expert Tips)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 68 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning to a large pot or skillet on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, and white sugar to the pot.  Season with salt and pepper.  Combine.
  4. Simmer on low-medium heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Add finishing touches of salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with pasta or add to you favorite dishes. Enjoy!

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