Chef John’s Tomato Sauce

Chef John’s Tomato Sauce


This recipe is 100% not mine, but I have modified it slightly to work for me. Chef John, from, is an American Chef who has a seriously amazing collection under his belt. His videos are all over YouTube, and often if we ever make anything, we look to him for guidance.

Best thing about this recipe is that it’s gluten free – so even I can have it! We use it mainly for spaghetti bolognese and meatballs.

When cooking this sauce, I use a large, high-edged, pan. When my husband cooks the sauce, he uses a stock pot (because he cooks such a huge amount).

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 pinch salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes (Budget Canned Tomatoes are what we use)
1 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
1 pinch red pepper flakes (I don’t usually add this, but have left it in)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons dried parsley
water, or as needed

In your pan, add the olive oil, onions and celery. Over a low-medium heat, cook and occasionally stir for 10-15 minutes until onions are nice and soft. Next add the garlic, and cook for a further minute.

Add your sugar, salt, white wine vinegar and dried Italian herbs. Raise the heat slightly and cook until the liquid has evaporated.

Next, add your tomato paste, then tomatoes and parsley. Stir thoroughly until everything is combined.

Turn heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, adding a little water as the sauce cooks down. Stir occasionally.

I usually find more than enough for 2 meals in this recipe. I personally don’t use the red pepper flakes, but have left it in the recipe as I know some of you will enjoy that hint of heat.

We have often made HUGE batches of this and bottled it for future use, or seal it and freeze it. Honestly this is our GO TO recipe for everything.

As Chef John says at the end of each of his videos – ENJOY!


Leave a Reply

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit

Latest Posts

The Best Gluten Free Bread

I don’t use these words lightly but I have found the best gluten free bread recipe. The original recipe is by Chez

Let me know your thoughts!x