Classic Italian Margherita Sauce is a simply delicious classic Italian sauce made with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, flat leaf parsley, and olive oil.
This is by far the most amazing Italian tomato sauce you will ever have…ever! In fact, while I was making this my husband commented that I needed to say this a few times in my post because it is hard to show by a picture how good something is, sometimes you just need to try it. If I could give you a sample through the screen I would but literally, you have to trust me on this one IT IS THE BEST SAUCE you will ever have. What’s great about this sauce is you can put it on pasta, pizza or serve it with toasted bread and cheese and you will love it each and every way.
I was given this recipe by my sister-in-law Deanna. Her mom, Roz, was at a local Italian restaurant and they served this sauce, she loved it so much that she had to make her own. So she evaluated the ingredients, wrote them down, and now we have the recipe!
The fact that Roz could try something and make the recipe didn’t surprise at all, as she is an amazing cook. Everything she makes is mouthwatering and delicious! I raved about her food so much the first time I visited her that my husband couldn’t wait to try some of her recipes, she came out this past Thanksgiving and made a salmon dish that literally won him over.
Roz is one of the most beautiful women I have ever met, she has strong Italian features olive skin, salt and pepper hair, gorgeous figure, strong accent (she grew up in the Bronx), and piercing eyes. She is real, down to earth, yet you can tell she is from the coast wearing high heels while she was cleaning outside on my brother’s farm. She is dedicated to her children & husband; nothing comes before family. This is evident from her many trips out here to Colorado to see her daughter, Deanna and her first granddaughter, Eleanor.
Usually, good recipes come from people who are filled with love and passion for life. If there is one word I could use to describe Roz it would be passionate. So today I share the most amazing sauce you will ever have, from one of the most beautiful women I have met.
Bon Appetit! XOXO San
How do you make Classic Italian Margherita Sauce?
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!
My favorite kitchen tools used to make Classic Italian Margherita Sauce
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KNIVES: A good set of kitchen knives is essential for preparing any meal. I just recently invested in some Cutco knives and I have not regretted it one bit. These are hands down my favorite knives I have owned.
CUTTING BOARD: For me, this is a kitchen must-have and kitchen counter saver. While we have countertops you can cut on, I find that this extra step will preserve my counter. I also find that using a cut board makes for less clean up afterward. I love this cutting board because it has a groove all the way around the board prevent juices from running all of the counters.
POTS: I am a total snob after having an assortment of pots in our cupboard over the years. After getting some Calphalon pots on sale at my local grocer, I won’t try anything else. They are affordable and durable – a win, win in our home.
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Classic Italian Margherita Sauce
- 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!
Kids review: They loved this sauce, but I have a few that will pick out the fresh basil and not because they don’t like – they haven’t even tried it. But it’s green and a veggie so they automatically think it is gross.