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Homemade Tomato Sauce 2.0 | Instant Pot
Homemade Tomato Sauce 2.0 | Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This sauce tastes like it cooked for a couple of hours, but it’s ready in just over 30 minutes! Delicious home-cooked tomato sauce for weeknights.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 Cups
  • 1 large can (100 fluid ounces or 2.96 litres) whole peeled tomatoes, (my personal favourite is La San Marzano which I usually find at Costco)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium cooking onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 10 to 15 fresh basil leaves, rolled and diced (chiffonade)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp course sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3/4 cups white wine
  1. Plugin and set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting.

  2. Add the olive oil.

  3. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the onion and garlic.

  4. Stir occasionally for about 2 minutes or until the onions start to soften.

  5. Add the sugar, basil, oregano, salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, wine and tomatoes.

  6. Give the mix a quick stir and shut/lock the lid.

  7. Make sure the lid is locked in place and the steam release handle is set to "Sealing".

  8. Set to Manual mode and adjust the time to 15 minutes.

  9. The instant pot will take about 15 minutes to reach high pressure and then it'll count down 15 minutes while it cooks. Note: This is a good time to cook your pasta so that it's all coming out at the same time.

  10. Once the time ends (it'll beep), you have two options. Let the steam release on it's own (about 10 minutes) or switch the steam release handle to "venting" for an immediate steam release. Both options will give you great results. If you have a few extra minutes before needing the sauce, let the steam release slowly (on it's own) for a little extra flavour.

  11. Once the pressure's released (the float valve on the lid drops), the lid unlocks and you can open it.

  12. Use a hand blender to puree the cooked whole tomatoes to your preferred consistence (more or less chunky).

  13. Adjust salt and pepper if needed and stir.

  14. Serve the sauce hot over your favourite pasta and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can leave the blended sauce in the pot to stay warm. Once the Instant Pot is done cooking, it automatically switches to warm mode to keep the food hot.