Fresh Tomato Sauce with Balsamic and Red Wine 4

That is it.  I’m toast.  I’ve finally made my own fresh tomato sauce and I now can never go back to jarred. 

What prompted this craziness you ask?

The last two times I made pasta and used a jarred tomato sauce it was so tough to get down, I actually had to throw it out….it seemed so salty to me.  I used to think the jarred kind was fine but possibly since I’ve been making most everything fresh now I have lost my taste for it.  Dressings are a cinch but I was a bit intimidated by sauce.  I think it was the blanching of the tomatoes, but when I realized it is literally one minute and peeling almost happens without any help, I threw in some onion and garlic, seasonings and two of my favorite things ever; red wine and balsamic vinegar.  Once I added all the ingredients, I tasted it before the forty minute simmer and didn’t need to add one thing.  And, of course, did lots of sampling at the finish and it was perfect! 

Use this fresh tomato sauce over pasta, as pizza sauce, as a bruchetta topping or just do what I did and eat it with a spoon.

Sweet, salty, tangy and savory with a spicy kick at the finish (feel free to leave out or reduce the crushed red pepper if heat isn’t your thing).  Don’t let this innocent photo fool you.  This sauce will knock your socks off!

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Balsamic and Red Wine

Serves about 4
Inspired by Wolfgang Puck


2 pounds ripe organic tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/8 cup good quality red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp each dried sea salt, oregano, thyme, basil
1 tsp coconut palm sugar


1. Boil a medium pot full of water and prepare and ice bath to dunk the tomatoes after blanching; cut a cross in the skin on the top of the tomatoes.  Place into the boiling water for 1 minute then drain and dunk tomatoes into ice bath.  Peel skin and set tomatoes aside.

2. Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in pot tomatoes were blanched in over medium high heat. Add onion, sauté 4 minutes, add minced garlic, sauté an additional 1 minute.  Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100.8
Total Fat 2.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 319.0 mg
Potassium 596.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.1 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Sugars 0.1 g
Protein 2.6 g
Vitamin A 31.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 13.1 %
Vitamin C 43.4 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 5.3 %
Calcium 3.1 %
Copper 10.2 %
Folate 10.7 %
Iron 8.4 %
Magnesium 8.1 %
Manganese 22.2 %
Niacin 7.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 6.2 %
Phosphorus 7.3 %
Riboflavin 7.3 %
Selenium 2.2 %
Thiamin 10.4 %
Zinc 2.3 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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About DHCooks

Dawn Hutchins is a health & wellness entrepreneur that specializes in helping busy moms kick processed food addiction, such as sugar and food dyes, to the curb. She's a published author, wife, and mother of one sweet little girl. When she's not crusading for the advancement of plant-based nutrition, she's camping, stretching in yoga and paddle boarding on her SUP.

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