Saturday, 10 January 2015

Tomato Sauce

Summer brings with it an abundance of tomatoes here in South East Queensland.  My garden is no exception.  The recent rains and humidity have pushed hundreds of cherry tomatoes to ripen so I have been under pressure trying to preserve them in as many ways as possible.  One of my favourites is home made tomato sauce (sugar free - of course).

Place all ingredients in a large pan and simmer


4 x 400gm cans tomato (diced, chopped, whole  -  doesn’t matter  -  whatever is on special)
(this can be substituted with 1.5 kg of fresh tomato from the garden but add 1 tablespoons of tomato paste as well)
2 large onions  -  chopped
3 cloves garlic  -  crushed
4 teaspoons “Stevia”
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Place tomatoes and onion in blender and finely chop.  (this needs to be done in a couple of batches due to the amount).  Put all ingredients in large pot on the stove and bring to the boil.    Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Do a taste test  -  everyone is different  -  add a little more salt, pepper, stevia or herbs depending on your tastebuds.
Will last 7 to 10 days in the fridge.  Freeze in batches. 

Freeze in manageable batches in the freezer

The "boys" just love this on top of hot meat pies and beef rissoles.  The recipe has just the "right amount of spice" for all my family members to be able to enjoy it.   Of course, more spices, salt, or sweetener can be added depending on your families taste buds. 



  1. that looks like an easy recipe, like the fact that it has no sugar too
    have a great weekend

    1. All my recipes are sugar free, Selina. Hope you have a great weekend too.

  2. This looks good - I'm going to try this. If the "boys" like it then it is bound to be a hit at our house too - thanks for sharing

    1. Very easy and very tasty, Phil. One of your dear girls will be able to whip it up for you in a flash.

  3. I have been wanting to make some sauce and we have heaps of cherry tomatoes growing around the place so I will just have to bite the bullet and make some. I wonder if you can add some of the actual stevia plant as we have it growing not that I use it much. It is very, very sweet I must say. By the way, the grapes aren't ripe yet!

  4. Stevia leaves are easier to add Chel if you dry them first and then crush in a mortar and pestle. The sweetness then disperses better throughout the recipe. Still waiting on my grapes too!!

    1. How much would you use, Sandi?

    2. Fresh/dried never seems to be as sweet as the bought stuff Chel so I would probably start with the 4 teaspoons as per the recipe - do a taste test and go from there.

  5. Thanks Sandi. I will go and pick some now before I forget.