Simple Tomato Sauce

Recently I’ve had people ask me for classic, simple recipes and techniques like how to roast a chicken, how to braise meat, how to make a vinaigrette and how to make tomato sauce. Nothing makes me happier than when people want to learn how to cook!

So I am adding a new section of the blog called “Classics” and it will include dishes or techniques that I find are so helpful in the kitchen. Building blocks that you can have in your arsenal that will allow you to toss together some fantastic family meals made with pure, wholesome ingredients. These are dishes and recipes that I make often during the week for Mr.Drizzle and myself.

Dinner can be a long process between finding the recipes, making your list, shopping for ingredients and then you still have to make dinner! But having classics in your back pocket can allow you the flexibility of simply just knowing a recipe and being able to stop at the store at your convenience without spending the time of searching recipes or you can even just have your house stocked with many of these ingredients to make life even simpler!

To kick us off I am sharing my recipe for my simple and quick tomato sauce. Honestly, it is truly simple and quick! I learned this recipe from one of my friends Italian mother’s in high school and have been making it ever since. With just 7 ingredients this is a sauce you can literally throw together in 30 minutes, start to finish. I use it for pasta, I use it to braise short ribs, I use it as the base to nestle eggs and white beans into for brunch. Let your imagination run wild! But first, make the sauce.

happy, healthy eating!

xo, Kendra

Simple Tomato Sauce

Free from the top-8

  • 1-26 oz. can or box of crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 1 carrot, cut in half
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 c. olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 T. dried oregano
  • big pinch of salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes (longer if you’d like, up to an hour).
  3. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt or a pinch of sugar if you’d like. Remove the onion and carrot and use as desired!