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Homemade Bottled Tomato Sauce

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Savor the Flavor by Crafting Your Homemade Bottled Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce can refer to many different sauces made primarily from tomatoes, usually to be served as part of a dish, rather than as a condiment. Tomato sauces are common for meat and vegetables, but they are perhaps best known as bases for sauces for Mexican salsas and Italian pasta dishes

Gathering the Best Ingredients

The key to a flavorful homemade tomato sauce has always been the careful selection of fresh, high-quality ingredients. You will need fresh tomatoes, onions, and garlic, along with top-notch olive oil and sea salt for starters. These ingredients form the heart of the sauce. Adding fresh herbs such as basil, thyme, tarragon, oregano, and marjoram will bring unique aromas that enrich your sauce.

The Magic of Roasting

When roasting the tomatoes, onions, and garlic you need to cover it with olive oil and sea salt. This will help to caramelize the veggies and bring out the flavors. By baking your ingredients at 375F until their skins are lightly browned, their natural tastes will intensify, producing an exceptional richness that those bottled varieties mostly lack.

Transform your kitchen with some Homemade Tomato Sauce

Mixing Flavors & Seasonings

After roasting the veggies, the next step includes mixing them with balsamic vinegar, cooking wine, and brown sugar. Then you will add all those lovely and incredibly fresh herbs. By adjusting the quantity of each ingredient, you can modify the sauce to their liking, ensuring every homemade bottle has its own very individual taste.

Canning Your Creation

The journey of making homemade tomato sauce ends with the canning. You have the choice to blend to a smooth sauce or leave it chunky until you use each bottle. This gives you more control over the texture, adding a delicate touch to your cookery creation. Store your bottled sauce in a cool, dark place for best results.

The Joy of Homemade Sauce

Crafting a batch of homemade tomato sauce brings immense joy. This process turns simple ingredients into something astonishing. One’s efforts in roasting tomatoes, blending with the richness of olive oil, seasoning with sea salt, adding balsamic vinegar, and cooking wine end in a bottled masterpiece.

Sharing these creations with your loved ones gives great satisfaction. Every spoonful of DIY sauce, whether smoothed to a puree or textured with bits of veggies becomes proof of your achievement in food preservation. So, one savor not just the flavor but the entire experience of cooking at home and the joy of giving.


Homemade Bottled Tomato Sauce

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Love the rich, authentic taste of homemade tomato sauce? Our Homemade Bottled Tomato Sauce is just what you need to elevate your meals. Handcrafted from the freshest tomatoes, it’s the secret ingredient your pasta, pizza, and other meals have been missing.

  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Bottle: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 105 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large bottle depending on size 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Easy


Units Scale

For each tray:

  • 23 Onions
  • 68 Tomatoes to fill the tray (depending on the size of the tomato and tray used)
  • 58 cloves of peeled Garlic
  • 1/41/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 23 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1 Large tin tomato paste, or 2x156ml tins
  • 1/23/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/23/4 cup Wine – Can be cooking or regular wine.
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 11 1/2 cups Fresh or 1-3 Tablespoons Dried Herbs, Basil, Thyme, Tarragon, Oregano, Marjoram, or any mixture of these.


  1. Line your baking trays with tinfoil for easier cleanup.
  2. Add enough tomatoes to fill the tray. Cut away stem.
  3. Slice the tomatoes and place them skin up as much as possible.
    Lined tray with tomato
  4. Add Garlic, drizzle with Olive Oil, and sprinkle Sea Salt over tomatoes.
  5. Roast at 375F/190C for 1 hour until the skins are slightly brown.
  6. Mix tomato paste, Balsamic Vineger, Wine, Brown Sugar and herbs
    Mix tomato paste, Balsamic Vinegar, Wine, Brown Sugar and herb
  7. Place Herbs over roasted tomatoes – towards the middle of the pan.
  8. Cover herbs with a liquid mixture.
  9. Roast for an additional 45 minutes.
    Roast tomato in oven
  10. Cool until able to handle and then puree or leave it chunky.
  11. You can always puree each bottle if you need a smoother sauce.
    Bottled Tomato Sauce
  12. Enjoy.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Bernadine from SA Tasty Recipes – Saffas  Daily Recipes 


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 1604
  • Sugar: 94 g
  • Sodium: 7143.6 mg
  • Fat: 115.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 132.8 g
  • Fiber: 21.6 g
  • Protein: 18.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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13 thoughts on “Homemade Bottled Tomato Sauce”

  1. I made tomato sauce from scratch one year, when I was gifted some garden tomatoes. It gave me a real appreciation for how many tomatoes are needed to fill a can with sauce! Yours looks incredibly good!

    • Hi Amy. Technically, bottling refers to storing in glass bottles and canning refers to storing in tin cans, although the mode of preservation is the same in both.


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