Chunky Tomato Sauce

Eggplant Tomato SauceEggplant Tomato Sauce

1 ½ pounds eggplant, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes 
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place eggplant cubes in a large colander in the sink, and sprinkle with salt. Use your hands to toss eggplant so that cubes are well coated. Let drain 30 minutes. In a large saucepan, heat ½ tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Cook onions 3-5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn. Add crushed and diced tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, bay leaf, and pepper. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes over low heat.

Pat eggplant dry with paper towels. Heat a large skillet with ½ tablespoon olive oil, and cook eggplant 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly (you may have to do this in two batches, if you don’t have a skillet large enough to do all at once). Once eggplant is slightly browned, place in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish that has been rubbed with olive oil. Discard bay leaf from tomato mixture, and pour over eggplant. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size = about 1/2 cup)


  1. This recipe is awesome. We really enjoyed dinner tonight! Thank You. Do you have any dessert recipes? -The Ferrugia’s

  2. Good! I’m glad it was a hit. Your request for dessert recipes is a great one. I’ll get to work on posting a few!

  3. This recipe is really yummy. It is especially good on spaghetti squash!

  4. Thanks, Jenny! Yes, it IS good on spaghetti squash. 🙂

  5. I made this last night for lunch today. It turned out good. I like more sauce so I may add a can of tomato sauce to it. I used it over spiral wheat pasta.Yummy. Thanks

  6. what brand of can tomato do you use?

    • I prefer to use Muir Glen because it’s organic, but sometimes I use other brands. Any tomato sauce that doesn’t contain sugar (or any other restricted ingredients) is acceptable. Thanks for your question!