Basic Tomato Sauce

A supply of this staple in your freezer serves as the basics for many quick and easy meals.

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cups: 8

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  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 medium Ontario Onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves Ontario Garlic, minced
  • 1 Ontario Carrot, grated
  • 10 large Ontario Tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper


In large saucepan, heat oil. Sauté onions in oil over medium heat for 10 minutes until softened. Add garlic and carrot and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

Tip: For a thicker sauce, remove lid and simmer for 5 minutes or until desired consistency.

Note: Sauce may be frozen for later use.  Cool and spoon into freezer containers in quantities needed for a recipe.  Seal, label amount, date and freeze.

Nutritional information

1/2 cup/125 mL:

  • Protein: 1.0 grams
  • Fat: 2.0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 8.0 grams
  • Calories: 54