San Marzano Tomato Sauce {Family Recipe}

A famous family recipe – San Marzano Tomato Sauce. Savory Italian flavors, vibrant herbs, simmered for several hours to develop the perfect hearty tomato sauce. Easily the best tomato sauce I’ve ever had! 

a pot of san marzano tomato sauce with fresh herbs

This San Marzano Tomato Sauce is quite special. It was the very first recipe my mom ever taught me, and I can say without a doubt, I’ve never had tomato sauce better than this recipe. This sauce is thick, developed in flavor, and is the perfect sauce to top your favorite pasta with or layer in a lasagna.

Although tomato sauce is quite simple, using quality ingredients matters, and letting your sauce sit low and slow for hours will give you the most thick and savory sauce you’ve ever had.

How to Make San Marzano Tomato Sauce

step 1 saute garlic step 2 add tomatoes and cook step 3 add herbs at the end

  1.  Saute garlic in olive oil: Saute your minced garlic for 30 to 60 seconds on medium heat – constantly stirring. Using tons of garlic in this recipe will give your tomato sauce the foundation of it’s flavor.
  2. Add Tomatoes – cook low and slow: The key to a good tomato sauce is cooking it for up to 4-6 hours. This allows the sauce to thicken, flavors to richen and develop, and acidity to balance.
  3. Add herbs at very end: Cooking herbs in the sauce for hours can actually result in bitter flavor. For a fresh, vibrant herb flavor add at the very end when sauce is finished for best results.

Special Tips for Making San Marzano Tomato Sauce

step 1 get san marzano tomatoes step 2 sun-dried tomato paste

  1. Use San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes: to make a perfect tomato sauce you need San Marzano’s. These tomatoes give your sauce a thicker consistency, and are sweeter, richer, and less acidic in flavor.
  2. Use Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Paste: Rather than using normal tomato paste, my family loves to use this sun-dried tomato paste for it’s thickening factor and extra added depth of flavor.

This recipe is my go-to for any Italian recipe – chicken parmesan, pasta, or lasagna. I used this in my Italian Sausage Lasagna and it is absolutely delicious! I hope you love this San Marzano Tomato Sauce – it is dear to my heart and to this day haven’t tasted an Italian tomato sauce like it.

If you try this recipe comment/review below and let me know your thoughts! I would love to hear how you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to post your recipes on Instagram #asimplepalate – I love seeing your recipe creations.

a pot of san marzano tomato sauce with fresh herbs

a pot of san marzano tomato sauce with fresh herbs

San Marzano Tomato Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins
 

A famous family recipe - savory Italian flavors, vibrant herbs, simmered for several hours to develop the perfect hearty tomato sauce. Easily the best tomato sauce I've ever had!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade tomato sauce, italian sauce
Calories: 56 kcal
Author: A Simple Palate

Ingredients

  • 8 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cans San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp amore sun-dried tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp (each) salt & black pepper
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil, minced (for dried basil do 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp fresh/dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh/dried thyme

Instructions

  1. In a large pot on medium heat saute garlic in olive oil for 30-60 seconds - constantly stir. Garlic can burn very easily in this process. 

  2. Add San Marzano tomatoes to garlic. Add tomato paste, salt & pepper. Mix, and cover on low heat for 4-6 hours. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

    The whole tomatoes will break down as they cook and result in a thicker, chunkier sauce. If you prefer a smooth sauce you can use a hand-puree tool or transfer to a high-powdered blender.

  3. When sauce is finished mix in fresh herbs. Serve with your favorite pasta, lasagna, or chicken parmesan. 

Recipe Notes

Use San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes: to make a perfect tomato sauce you need San Marzano's. These tomatoes give your sauce a thicker consistency, and are sweeter, richer, and less acidic in flavor.

Use Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Paste: Rather than using normal tomato paste, my family loves to use this sun-dried tomato paste for it's thickening factor and extra added depth of flavor.

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