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Classic Italian Margherita Sauce

Classic Italian Margherita Sauce is a simply delicious classic Italian sauce made with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, flat leaf parsley, and olive oil.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: classic Italian tomato sauce, fresh tomato sauce, homemade margherita sauce
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 42kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 10 plum tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3-5 cloves garlic diced


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare the tomatoes by cutting an X into the skin, I do this on one side, but you can do this on the bottom if you'd like. 
  • Add the tomatoes to the boiling water 5 at a time and blanch them by cooking for 1-2 minutes. Remove from water and let them cool.
  • Once cooled peel and dice, then place in a large mixing bowl. Combine with remaining ingredients.
  • Let it sit at room temp for 3-4 hours, if it sits longer that is okay. Store leftovers in the fridge, or serve and enjoy!


The cook time is the time you let the sauce rest on the counter.


Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 16.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.6mg