Italian Plum Tomato Sauce

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Gia Peterkin Trower
from dayton, NJ

This is a delicious Italian Plum Tomato Sauce. Serve it over your favorite pasta, or like my husband, he eats it just by itself.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Oh yum! This is a fabulous homemade tomato sauce. All of the fresh ingredients are what truly makes this sauce exceptional. The plum tomatoes and basil are a perfect combination, but the fresh onion and garlic add tons of flavor too. This may look like a lot of work, but it's pretty simple to make. Serve with your favorite pasta for an Italian restaurant-quality meal.

serves 8-10
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top


  •   10-15
    ripe plum tomatos
  •   4 clove
    garlic, chopped
  •   1 bunch
    fresh basil leaves
  •   2-4 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  •   1 pinch
    red pepper flakes
  •   1 small
    onion, chopped
    salt and pepper, to taste
  •   1 tsp
  •   1 pinch

How To Make

  • 1
    Wash and score your tomatoes by making a slit across the bottom like an x.
  • 2
    Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Add the tomatoes to the boiling water for about 1-1/2 minutes.
  • 3
    Using a ladle, remove the tomatoes and place them in a strainer. Let cool.
  • 4
    The tomatoes will peel very easily.
  • 5
    Using a cutting board, dice all the tomatoes, keeping the juices.
  • 6
    In a large skillet, add olive oil and brown the garlic. Add your chopped onion and cook until tender.
  • 7
    Add your diced tomatoes along with the juice.
  • 8
    Add salt, pepper, pinch of sugar, crushed red pepper and oregano. Add the bunch of basil leaves. This gives the sauce a nice flavor and color.
  • 9
    Cook down tomatoes on medium heat, breaking some down. Continue cooking down until sauce thickens, about 45 minutes.
  • 10
    Add a drizzle of olive oil to the tomatoes.