Quick and Easy All-Purpose Tomato Sauce

easy homemade tomato sauce

This quick and easy all-purpose tomato sauce does not require any cooking and takes about five minutes to make, less if you’re using dried herbs. 

Quick and Easy All-Purpose Tomato Sauce

Prep time5 minutes
Resting Time




  • 14.5 oz. can of plain crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp. thinly sliced fresh oregano

  • 1 small clove of garlic, finely grated

  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for at least 8 hours before using.


    • As a rule of thumb, when using dried herbs instead of fresh, the ratio is 3:1. So in this recipe, instead of using one teaspoon of fresh oregano, you would use one heaping quarter teaspoon of dried oregano. Or if you have a one-third teaspoon (if they even make those), use that.
    • Sometimes, I’ll add extra herbs depending on the season. In the summer, I’ll add basil, and in the fall and winter, I’ll use thyme or a little sprig of rosemary. 
    • Remember, as with all tomato-ey things, this sauce needs time in the fridge for the flavors to meld, so make sure it gets at least eight hours of rest time before you use it.
    • You can use this sauce on pizza or pasta. You can reduce it in a small stockpot for a more concentrated flavor and use it as a spread on a sandwich. Or you can spread the sauce on top of a piece of chicken, add some melty cheese, and bake.

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