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Easy Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce
Homemade, fresh tomato sauceShutterstock

Chef notes

Use leftover vegetable scraps to make this super easy tomato sauce. You can also use whole vegetables, of course. Use it for pizza, pasta and more!


  • 5 pounds tomato tops
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound leftover carrot peelings
  • 1 pound leftover onion peelings
  • 1 pound leftover celery bottoms, cleaned
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh chopped basil, for garnish


In a large pot over medium heat, cook the tomato tops down until they release water/their juices and the texture becomes soft.

Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the tomatoes to a smooth texture.

In a large pan, add the olive oil, carrots, onions and celery. Cook down until they are soft.

Remove from heat and process the cooked carrot, onion and celery mixture in a food processor.

In a large pot over low heat, cook the tomato and vegetable mixtures for 3 hours, stirring every half hour. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with the basil.