Tomato, Tamato

Everything has multiple uses. A mug can be used to hold wine or coffee; A towel can be used to absorb water or protect your hand against heat, and excessive amounts of grape tomatoes can be used as a topping on a salad or turned into a tomato sauce. This was a long way of introducing the premise of this post, homemade tomato sauce.

My mom had sooo many leftover grape tomatoes from a function she helped organize and I have an issue throwing away perfectly good food. One thing I have learned to do more effectively while living on my own is to utilize the groceries I have to be for replenishing them.  I don’t really believe in recipes, I am an improviser and learn as I go type of person.

The beauty of making a homemade sauce is that it can be done in a single pot! This means fewer dishes 🙂

  • The steps are quite simple, just throw all your ingredients into the pot and allow them to cook down for a couple of hours.


  • Grape tomatoes
  • Oil (a combination of olive oil and avocado)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrot
  • Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Bay Leaf
  • Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Flakes


  1. Heat a large pot, add some oil and combine chopped onion and garlic until translucent.
  2. Season the onion & garlic with oregano, pepper, salt, garlic powder, and chili flakes until it has a thick consistency and you can smell the aroma of the spices.
  3. Combine all the remaining ingredients and more oil. Reduce heat to simmer/low and let cook down for roughly 2 hours.
  4. Scoop out most of the tomato skins and put them in a blender so you achieve a more smooth consistency throughout the sauce.
  5. Once cooled, put it in a jar and refrigerate.


(The final product may not look the most beautiful but it’s realistic)

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