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Easy Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce
Homemade, fresh tomato sauceShutterstock


  • 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
  • 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!


    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.