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Easy and delicious tomato sauce

One-pot, easy and delicious tomato sauce with meat. This recipe freezes easily, and can make up to 5 meals!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: family friendly meals, freezer meals, one-pot, pasta, pasta sauce, sauce, tomato sauce
Author: tania2atee


  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1-2 celery stalks
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3-5 jars strained tomatoes
  • 1-2 rack of ribs optional (can make meat-free) OR choose alternate meat, like sausage, beef bones, meatballs, etc.
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1-2 tbsp basil paste or 3-4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1-2 tsp dry basil
  • 1-2 tsp dry oregano
  • salt
  • olive oil extra virgin


  • Peel and cut carrots in half.
    Wash and cut celery in half.
    Peel onion and leave whole
    Peel garlic and leave whole
    Easy tomato sauce ingredients
  • Add olive oil to large pot and once heated, add onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook for a few minutes.
    Heat oil and veggies for tomato sauce
  • Add strained tomatoes (3-6 jars or more, depending on pot) and cover. Bring to a boil and let bubble for an hour.
    pot of tomato sauce
  • Meanwhile, cut ribs and in a separate pan, add small amount of oil and brown
    back ribs
  • Once brown, remove from pan and cool
    Brown ribs
  • Once sauce is bubbling, add tomato paste and stir. Reduce to a simmer for 2 hours
  • Remove cooked onion, carrots, celery and garlic from pot. (Optional: You can blend vegetables together and stir back into the sauce. I used to do this to hide the veggies from my kids. It makes for a bit of a sweeter sauce.)
    Stir in seasoning: basil (paste or fresh), dry oregano and basil.
    Seasoning for tomato sauce
  • Add handful of salt
  • Add in cooled ribs and simmer for 1 more hour
    Ribs in tomato sauce
  • Boil water for pasta and cook as per directions. Serve pasta with sauce and meat
    Pasta with easy and delicious tomato sauce with ribs
  • Remove all meat from sauce and freeze remaining sauce! Freeze for up to 6 months for quick and easy weeknight meals.
    Easy freeze tomato sauce
  • NOTE: When you want to use sauce, thaw in fridge and heat. Serve with your favourite pasta! (it is not recommended to freeze with meat)