spanish tomato sauce recipe

Spanish Tomato Sauce- rich & delicious

Spanish tomato sauce, or salsa de tomate, is a flavorful sauce used in a variety of Spanish dishes. It’s slightly thicker than Italian tomato sauce and features a delicious blend of onions, garlic, and olive oil.

This Spanish tomato sauce recipe works well with so many dishes. You can pour it over cooked pasta and enjoy or may be with grilled fish and so many lots of other dishes. Enjoy however you wish!!

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spanish tomato sauce recipe

Spanish Tomato Sauce recipe

Prep. time: 15min. Cooking time: 25min. Yield: 8


  • 24 tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • dash granulated sugar


  1. If using fresh tomatoes, start by blanching them to remove their skins. Cut a small X on the bottom of each tomato, then place them in boiling water for about a minute. Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water, and once cooled, peel off the skins. If you’re using canned tomatoes, you can skip this step.
  2. Finely grate fresh tomatoes into a large bowl, you want to end up with about 5 cups of grated tomato, then mix together and set aside
  3. Finely chop 1 green bell pepper, finely dice 1 onion and roughly chop cloves of garlic
  4. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in extra virgin olive oil
  5. After 2 minutes, add in the onions, green bell pepper and garlic, mix together with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika and sherry vinegar, give it a quick mix, then add in the grated tomato, season with sea salt, black pepper and a kiss of granulated sugar, mix together and simmer.
  6. If using canned tomatoes, break them up with a spoon as you stir.
  7. After 22 to 24 minutes and the tomato sauce has thickened up, add in finely chopped parsley, turn off the heat, mix together and remove the pan from the stove top.
  8. If you want a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender or carefully transfer the sauce to a countertop blender to puree it. Be careful when blending hot liquids – start slow and increase speed gradually.

Nutritional Value: 150kcal.

spanish tomato sauce recipe

Your homemade Spanish tomato sauce is now ready to be used immediately, or it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze it in suitable containers for up to 6 months. Enjoy it with pasta, on pizza, or in any dish that calls for a robust tomato sauce!

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How to Store

Once cooled, this Spanish tomato sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or frozen for up to three months.

Make your own yummy, rich Spanish tomato sauce with this recipe and enjoy the delicious flavor!!


What are some Spanish sauces?

Mojo rojo.
Mojo verde.
Cabrales salsa.
Almond salsa.
Vizcaina sauce.
Tomate frito.

What is tomato paste called in Spain?

pasta de tomate

What are the benefits of Spanish tomatoes?

With their high lycopene content, they contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. The intake of tomatoes may also improve eye health, digestive health, and reduce risk of osteoporosis.

What makes tomato sauce richer?

Add Tomatoes, lots of garlic paste, and salt & pepper – cook low and slow: The key to a good tomato sauce is cooking it for up to 4-6 hours. This allows the sauce to thicken, flavors to richen and develop, and acidity to balance.

Is tomato good for diabetes?

Tomatoes are non-starchy and also have a low glycaemic index. Tomatoes have low GI therefore they are very good for diabetic people.

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