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Meal Prep

Easy Fat-free Tomato Sauce

This is perfect tossed in with pasta, as base for vegetables or over a pizza!

Easy Fat-free Tomato Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Meal Prep
Servings 7
Calories 46 kcal


  • 3.5 lbs Fresh tomatoes
  • 8-10 Large garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Whole black pepper or per heat preference
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • A handful Fresh basil optional


  • Heat a medium sized pot on medium heat. Wash and cut tomatoes in half.
  • Smash the garlic cloves and add them to the heated pan along with the whole black peppers and sauté for a minute or two, until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt, onion powder, and Mexican oregano to the pot. Mix everything together and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Adjust the heat back to a low, cover and let cook on low for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom.
  • Once the sauce reaches the desired thickness, turn the stove off. Let the sauce cool for 5-10 minutes and then add the fresh basil, if using.
  • Let cool completely. Use a blender to process the sauce if a smoother texture is desired.
  • Divide and store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze in freezer friendly jars for longer.


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