Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Everyone needs a good tomato sauce recipe.  This red wine tomato sauce one is my favorite since it can be used for anything from pastas to dips and even on pizza.  I think pizza is probably my favorite application of tomato sauce….and cheese…and bread.  Pizza is amazing.

But back to this red wine tomato sauce.  It has a great depth of flavor and the red wine really brings out the tomato flavors.  You can also never go wrong with a lot of garlic (unless you’re a vampire, I suppose).  For us regular people, this tomato sauce is loaded with garlic and that makes it extra tasty.  The carrots and celery might be a little unexpected, but they are used as a foundation for the flavors.  You don’t taste them individually in the sauce, just the delicious tomatoes.

Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Inactive Time 30 minutes

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 3 cups

Red Wine Tomato Sauce


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 14 oz can pealed tomatoes with juices
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • salt to taste
  • optional: crushed red pepper, honey


  1. Heat the olive oil in a deep sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the finely chopped onion, carrot, and celery to the oil and cook until the onion just begins to brown.
  3. Add in the minced garlic and the dried herbs. If using, add in the crushed red pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour in the red wine and stir.
  5. Add in the pealed tomatoes and crush them with your hand as you pour them in. Stir in the tomato paste.
  6. Allow to simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.
  7. Taste and add salt as needed. If you like your sauce a little sweeter, add a small amount of honey.
  8. If you want a smooth sauce (perhaps for pizza), pour this in a blender and blend until smooth.
  9. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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