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Classic Tomato Sauce | Zestful Kitchen

Classic Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • ⅛teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent and tender.
  3. Add fennel seed and celery seed, sauté for a few minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add tomatoes and bay leaf and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you prefer your tomato sauce to be a little sweeter add another tablespoon of honey.
  8. Top with fresh chopped basil right before serving.


Store refrigerated in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

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