Homemade tomato sauce

If you’ve never tried making your own tomato sauce, you’ve got to give it a go! It tastes so much better, skips the preservatives and high sugar content, and is easy to do.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 1 cup
Calories 296 kcal
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic clove crushed
  • 4 vine tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch mixed herbs
  • ½ cup water
  • sea salt and pepper to season


  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan before sautéing onion, garlic and tomatoes for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and tomato paste then mixed herbs and water.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes until thick. Season with sea salt and pepper. Sauce will keep in a jar in the fridge for a couple of days.
  • Please note nutrition values below are for the entire recipe, not per serve. Recipe makes around 1 cup of sauce.


This tomato sauce is such a useful recipe to have on hand – and because you’re making it at home you avoid all the additives and excessive sugars in some other versions. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days as well, so you can prepare it in advance.
Serve this sauce with twice-cooked hand cut chips, herby panko-crumbed fish and pink mayo for a healthy version of Friday night fish and chips – a Kiwi classic that the kids will love!