Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Michele's Favorite Tomato Sauce

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  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 2 quarts of sauce
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1/4 cup olive oil

4 onions, chopped

1 pound carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

3/4 cup water

3 cloves garlic

2 cans (28 ounces each) plum tomatoes in tomato puree

Salt and pepper


  1. In a large non-reactive saucepan heat olive oil. Add onions and carrots and reduce heat to low. Add 1/4 cup of water and garlic. Cover and cook gently until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with puree, using a wooden spoon to break up tomatoes by mashing them against the sides of the saucepan. Add remaining 1/2 cup of water, cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring now and then. Press sauce through a sieve or food mill and discard solids. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or ladle into freezer containers. This sauce can freeze up to a year.