Homemade Tomato Sauce


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Tomato sauce is a fundamental condiment but so few people make their own! Homemade tomato sauce tastes a little different but it's fresh and lovely.


Serves: 16 

  • 6 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 bulb fennel, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons treacle
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:4hours  ›  Ready in:4hours20min 

  1. In a large saucepan combine tomatoes, fennel, onion, garlic, sugar, treacle, vinegar, cloves, anise pods and salt. Reduce over low heat until mixture becomes very thick.
  2. Purée mixture in a blender and then sieve. Chill and store in refrigerator and use like you would tomato sauce.

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Reviews (5)


This turned out better than I expected. The flavour is a little strange... but in a good way, if that makes any sense! I personally don't think it is anything like regular tomato sauce; I thought it was almost like a spicy savoury apple sauce. Anyway, I removed the cloves and star anise before blending it, and I had to push it through the sieve because it was so thick. (PS If, like me, you don't want to buy large and expensive amounts of spices you don't use very often, check out your Indian shop - I buy a 40g bag of Mixed Spices, including cinnamon sticks, cardamon, cloves, star anise and peppercorns, when I need it) - 29 Sep 2008


Used different ingredients. i've made this tomato sauce three times already and anyone who tries it, loves it! instead of the fennel bulb, i use ground fennel and replace the salt with sea salt. i've never strained it because the consistency has always been fine. every homemade tomato sauce i've tried has been a bit thick so i don't mind it. and remember to dump out your crappy store bought tomato sauce and use the empty bottle for your awesome home-brewed one! - 29 Sep 2008


My mum once made a wonderful homemade tomato sauce when I was a kid, so I guess I was trying to find a similar recipe. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. Although a tasty departure from bottled tomato sauce, the anise flavour is a bit strong for my family's taste. - 29 Sep 2008

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