Tomato Sauce (Mom’s Recipe)

By Kath Younger, RD

Hi Tomato Lovers!! I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes my mom used to make when I was a child. Mom’s homemade tomato sauce involves both summer-fresh tomatoes and lycopene-rich tomato paste simmered down with herbs and a healthy dash of sherry. This sauce will make your kitchen smell amazing! Serve over whole wheat pasta, spaghetti squash or your favorite pizza crust. Enjoy!

Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce


3 cups fresh tomatoes of your choice (a variety works well too!)

1 can tomato paste

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup sherry

Handful of oregano and basil from our garden plus some dried versions of each (just dried would be fine)



1. Start with 2 huge tomatoes, 4 on-the-vine tomatoes, and 1 pint of grape tomatoes. They all got chopped up, briefly drained, and then added to a pan with some sauteed garlic.

2. After they cook for about an hour and thicken quite a bit, add the tomato paste, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers, if using.

3. Simmer for 15 minutes more.

4. Stir in sherry.

5. Portion over pasta and enjoy!


Kath YoungerKath Younger, RD writes a healthy food and lifestyle blog read by over 15,000 visitors a day from around the world. Kath Eats Real Food, which you’ll find at, is a celebration of life through the lens of food. Kath writes about everything from recipes to organization tips to encouraging readers to try new “real” foods, including wheatberries, kale chips, chia seeds, and her famous whipped banana oatmeal. Having lost over 30 pounds after graduating from college, Kath is a Registered Dietitian and owns a Great Harvest Bread Company with her husband in Charlottesville, VA. She has been writing KERF since 2007. She also writes at Baby KERF documenting her journey to motherhood. Follow @Katheats on Instagram and Twitter.