Dawn’s Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Ahh tomato season.  The time of year when the little Addicted to Recipes garden is producing tomatoes like crazy.  Today was a cooler day with some storms blowing through, which meant a perfect day for a big pot of spaghetti.  And since we have that abundance of tomatoes, I figured I should make some tomato sauce for our spaghetti.  Here is what I did:

Dawn’s Tomato Sauce

4 cups cherry tomatoes (4 varieties) – peeled (see instructions below about peeling tomatoes)

Salt & pepper (to taste)

15 basil leaves, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Dash red pepper flakes

1/2 green pepper, diced

1/3 orange pepper, diced

1/3 yellow pepper, diced

1/2 onion, diced

1 green onion, diced

Handful fresh mushrooms, diced

1 lb ground beef, browned

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Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Put the tomatoes in the boiling water for 1 minute, then drain and place the tomatoes in ice cold water.  This will allow you to easily peel the skin from the tomatoes (and yes I did that with 4 cups of cherry tomatoes, it really didn’t take much time to pull the skins off).  Once the tomatoes are peeled, place them in a large saucepan, salt and pepper the tomatoes, and turn the pan on medium.

Meanwhile, brown your ground beef.  I left mine unseasoned as I added it to the tomato sauce a little later on.

While the tomatoes are cooking, add the basil, garlic, and Italian seasoning to the pan.  Mix well.  Add in the vegetables.  Taste and add any salt and pepper as needed.  Reduce heat and simmer for 40 – 50 minutes.  When the beef has browned, add it to the tomato sauce.

Prepare your favourite pasta (we went for traditional spaghetti), and serve.


My hubby’s first words were that the sauce tasted just so fresh.  He could tell there were no glass jars or cans involved.  It was so good, and nice to know exactly each ingredient that went into the sauce.  Our kids devoured their meals too.  Yay!

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Wife and Mom to two boys, Dawn is a blogger who writes about recipes old and new, some that she has been collecting since she was a child. There are always cookbooks lying out around her house as she is constantly flipping through the books as well as her massive binder of collected recipes looking for inspiration. She truly is “Addicted to Recipes!”. Outside of the home, Dawn works full-time for the fundraising department of a post-secondary institution, and when she can find a little extra time, she loves to scrapbook, read and get in the occasional run.


  1. This looks like one tasty tomato sauce! I love tomato season 🙂

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  2. Wow, I can almost taste it. Love homemade tomato sauces. Just never brave enough to make one myself.
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  3. Nena Sinclair says

    This looks and sounds delicious! My family loves spaghetti! I'll have to try your recipe very soon! I like to add some chopped zucchini, too! 🙂

  4. cottagebunny says

    I love making what sauce for spaghetti with fresh garden tomatoes.I just think they add an all new fresh flavor to anything like spaghetti sauce.It just so devine.
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  5. I would love to make this recipe for Tomato Sauce and freeze it for quick spaghetti dinners and other pasta recipes.I think this looks perfect for making pizza too.Thanks so much for sharing.I love it.
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  6. Yum that sounds amazing. I love making my own sauce but this year our garden didn't do that well.
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