Smoky tomato sauce

I have a group of basic recipes I use on a regular basis, ones I can adapt or spruce up depending on what I want to use it for. This simple smoky tomato sauce is one of them – full of flavour, low on faff!

Smoky tomato sauce is super simple as there’s no chopping or dicing required. Just pop a few ingredients into a blender jar or pot and whoosh – it’s done. Well, nearly done; a few minutes simmering on a medium heat, then it’s done 😉

I use this lovely sauce for a number of dishes. Like:

  • a quick pasta sauce – just simmer a few veggies with the pasta then stir in the sauce
  • quick beans – add cooked chickpeas or flageolet beans to the pan and voila – beans in tomato sauce, perfect for topping baked potatoes or toast
  • pouring over roasted veggies
  • a sauce for nut roast or stuffed vegetable dishes, like this yummy spaghetti squash and lentil bake
  • a base for a quick homemade pizza

The sauce is adaptable so you can leave out ingredients that don’t agree with you – like vinegar or onion for example – or add in all the flavours for a taste sensation. The smokiness comes from smoked paprika, one my personal store cupboard essentials. It provides a beautiful rich, smoky flavour that can change a dish from mediocre to marvellous in moments!

If you like a bit of spice in your sauce, you could use hot smoked paprika which has quite a kick, particularly genuine Spanish paprika. It’s taken me by surprise before! Or add chilli flakes, powder or even a dash of chilli sauce. Whatever your tastebuds enjoy – and can handle.

You could use fresh tomatoes for this recipe rather than tinned, although it’s best to do that when tomatoes are in season otherwise the flavour will be disappointing (plus the energy expenditure of growing and importing tomatoes in the winter is not so good for the environment).

Tinned tomatoes are convenient and still not too expensive. They do however have a higher sodium content than fresh tomatoes; this is due to the canning process. And worth remembering if you need to have a low sodium diet. I’ve not included extra salt in the recipe below because I’ve used tamari as well as tinned tomatoes – double extra salt!

I hope you enjoy this yummy sauce. Do let me know what you use it with – it’s always good to know.

Smoky tomato sauce

A quick to assemble sauce that can be easily adapted
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 portions


  • Small blender pot and blender


  • 200 grams tinned tomatoes or 3 medium fresh tomatoes, blended
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon tamari or coconut amines
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch chilli flakes optional
  • black pepper to taste


  • Place all the ingredients into a small blender pot. Blend to combine
  • If using as a stand alone sauce - pour into a small pan and place over a medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Use straight away hot or leave to cool.
Keyword easy recipe, easy vegan, OMS friendly, tomato sauce

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