Cooking with JPost: How to make the perfect tomato sauce

Chef Yochanan Lambiase shows you how to make an easy, delicious tomato sauce that can be used for pasta or pizza.

July 3, 2014 20:00
3 minute read.
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Chef Yochanan Lambiase shows you how to make an easy, delicious tomato sauce that can be used for pasta or pizza. This quick sauce takes only 15 minutes - perfect for students or busy parents!

What you'll need:

  • 10 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • Oregano, to taste (Chef Lambiase recommends 1-1.5 tsp)
  • 8 whole cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (FYI: The sugar cancels out the acidity of the tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Step 1:
One-pot wonder

step 1

Pour all the ingredients into a medium-sized saucepan. Give it a quick stir and cover.

Step 2: Now we wait

step 2

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let sit for 15 minutes.


***If you like your sauce rustic and chunky, stop here! If you'd like something a little smoother, continue on to the next step.

Step 3 (optional): Tomato goodness


Remove the pot from heat. Give the sauce a few pulses with a hand-held blender.



Chef Yochanan Lambiase heralds from five generations of chefs from Southern Italy. He trained under some of the most famous Michelin Star Chefs in the world. He was the founder of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute Chef Yochanan appears regularly on radio and television as well as contributing cooking articles. Now, through the videos of cooking with, Chef Yochanan will guide you through a tantalizing and trendy gourmet kosher experience Contact Chef Yochanan at for information about his exciting culinary and wine tasting tours, cooking classes, culinary happenings and out of the box culinary events. 

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