This freezer tomato sauce is a simple homemade spaghetti sauce made with that glut of garden tomatoes. Stash it in the freezer now and thank yourself later.
This freezer tomato sauce is something you make once and indulge in for months afterwards. Consider it an investment in your future winter self. Editor’s Note: This recipe makes ample tomato sauce, which in turn equates to quite a lot of freezer space. Although we’re proponents of big batch cooking, you could easily halve this recipe and still have an adequate stash to see you through until next tomato season—well, okay, maybe until next month.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Freezer Tomato Sauce
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- 10 M
- 1 H, 30 M
- Makes 3 quarts
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☞ TESTER TIP: Don’t remove the lid during cooking. The tomatoes are cooking in the steam and you don’t want any of that precious heat or liquid to escape.
To thaw: Thaw the frozen bags of sauce by completely immersing them in a bowl of cold water, about 1 1/2 hours to partially thaw. Or place the bags of tomato sauce on a plate and thaw in the refrigerator for about 4 hours. You don’t have to completely thaw the sauce before you rewarm it.
To serve: Transfer the thawed sauce to a pot, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and gently simmer until warmed through, 5 to 10 minutes. If a thicker sauce is desired, continue to simmer until reduced. Originally published August 20, 2016.
Recipe Testers Reviews
This freezer tomato sauce recipe is a great and easy way to bring summer tomato flavor to the doldrums of winter without the scary canning part!
If you have a food mill, use it instead of a food processor because you won’t have to strain the sauce to remove skins and seeds. I didn’t reduce it as much as they said; I like to reduce the sauce instead when I defrost and use it. I used basil instead of rosemary, which makes the sauce more versatile later on. I omitted the parsley, as it browns quickly when cooking and is better added either when putting the cooked sauce in the bag, or just before use, since parsley is available year-round.
This is a very simple tomato sauce. This sauce is full of flavor and timely ingredients with numerous tomatoes available at markets.
This freezer tomato sauce is sweet yet tart. I'd reduce it even further after defrosting, as ice crystals may build up during freezing and thin the sauce.
This freezer tomato sauce was easy and tasted delicious. It’s the height of summer and tomatoes are pretty good. It was nice and thick and didn’t lose its taste after defrosting. I would only use 2 cloves next time.