How to Make Greek Tomato Sauce – Technique Tuesday

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Do you need a basic tomato sauce that can be used for everything Greek?  In the Greek cuisine this Greek tomato sauce has many uses. We use it as a filling in our pastitsio, moussaka, and stews to name a few. Another use can be as a topping for baked dishes like baked fish , shrimp, sauteed chicken, meatballs, pastas, green beans, cauliflower and rice.


 Saute the onions until they are softened. This is necessary because of the quick sauce time.


 Place your tomatoes in a food processor to get a smooth texture. Or make sure to coarsely chop them if using whole tomatoes so they may cook and thicken into a smooth sauce.


 Adding all these spices brings out the Greek flavors.

How to Make Greek Tomato Sauce - Technique Tuesday
This quick and easy sauce can be used for any topping with vegetables and any fish or meat.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Greek
  • Makes 4 cups
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-6 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes with juice or fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. In a food processor puree the tomatoes with the juices.
  2. In a large deep pot or skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf.
  5. Simmer until the sauce thickens about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Note:You can also use fresh tomatoes.This sauce can be kept in the refrigerator up to a week.




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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caron Golden

Mary, this looks wonderful. I love the spice combination. It really does set the sauce apart as being Greek. Can’t wait to try it!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Caron, Congratulations on your food award! It’s a simple sauce, perfect for any Greek meal.

3 Chris

This taste like my grandmother made it : ) Awesome!

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Thank you Chris! I tried to get as close as possible to my mother’s recipe.

5 Lin Burdett

Thank you, Mary, for this perfect tomato sauce. I first served it with orzo and homemade lamb sausage, then for the next meal, with lima beans along side rack of lamb. Excellent and simple. I’ll be making this sauce often!

6 Mary Papoulias-Platis

It’s my mother’s recipe she would make weekly. I’m glad you liked it.
Enjoy, Mary

7 Nunu

I made this sauce to use in a Pastitsio recipe. It was absolutely amazing!

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