What is Napoli Sauce?
A good Napoli sauce recipe is great to have. Also known as Napolitana sauce (or Napoletana sauce), Italian Tomato Sauce, Salsa Pomodoro, or Marinara sauce it is a sauce of many names. And of course, neapolitan sauce has many uses.
This easy Italian tomato sauce can be used in all your favorite recipes. Use it for an authentic Italian pasta sauce, with any kind of noodles or pasta. Or
Related recipes: San Marzano Tomato Sauce (Marinara Sauce) / Keto Ketchup Recipe
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Quick and easy. A simple tomato based napolitana sauce.
Basic ingredients – all of the 4 main ingredients are basic, regular pantry items.
Adaptable and versatile – make spicy Napoli sauce by adding chilli or red pepper flakes, make a =n amazing spaghetti sauce or classic neapolitan pasta sauce. I love this in our Easy Keto Beef Lasagna and Italian Meatball Minestrone Soup.
Low Carb & Sugar-free – at only 4g net carbs per serve this is a great keto spaghetti sauce option. It has no sugar added and just contains the natural sugars found in san marzano tomatoes and onions.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for the quantity of each ingredient used and how to make napoli sauce from scratch.
Here is what you need to make your own delicious tomato based sauce at home.
Tomatoes – I use San Marzano tomatoes. They are rich and flavorsome. They are not as seedy as some tomato varieties nor as acidic. This makes them great for unsweetened tomato sauce. They are also Italian and make this an authentic sauce. You can use canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes the choice is yours. I also love the Ardmona Rick & Thick tomatoes for another option if you cannot get San Marzano. You will find quite a few brands in your local supermarket that are San Marzano.
Olive Oil – use a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Fresh garlic – I simply split the garlic cloves to flavour the tomato sauce. I then remove the garlic before serving or pureeing. This adds the delicate flavour of the garlic without adding a pungent flavour.
Fresh basil – I use fresh basil leaves. If you can’t get them, you can use a pinch of dried. The fresh basil is well worth growing or sourcing though.
Other spices – Use sea salt flakes, ground black pepper, chili or red pepper flakes if you like a little heat in your sauce.
OPTIONAL – use thickened or heavy cream to make a creamy napoli sauce. Add some pureed roasted red peppers or sun-dried tomatoes for more rich flavors.
HOT TIP: I really like to use the best quality ingredients I can find. Keep it simple and you will make this sauce again and again.
How to Make Napoli Sauce (Salsa di Pomodoro)
Step 1. Heat oil in a pot or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook stirring until soft.
Step 2. Add tomatoes and season to taste. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes. Remove garlic before serving. Stir through fresh basil and adjust seasoning as needed. If you want a smooth sauce use an immersion blender to puree the sauce to your liking.
Thermomix Tomato Sauce
I also added how to make the Napoli tomato sauce in a Thermomix. Here are the simple steps.
Step 1. Add oil and onion to mixer; chop 5 sec/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat; chop 5 sec/speed 4. Add garlic halves; cook 4 min/100°C/speed 2/cap off.
Step 2. Add tomatoes and season to taste; chop 4 sec/speed 7.
Step 3. Cook 15 min/100°C/speed 2/cap off/. Stir through fresh basil and adjust seasoning if needed. Remove garlic. You can blend it at this stage too if you want a smooth tomato sauce with no chunks.
Tips, Questions and How To Use it
So many ways! Use it as a marinara sauce for chicken, seafood or pasta sauce. Use it as a base for soups, stews, lasagna, or pizza sauce!
I use San Marzano because they are sweeter, less acidic and less seedy. If you cannot get them try fresh, canned or frozen roma tomatoes.
Yes, you can! Freeze it in serving sizes best for you and defrost overnight in the fridge before use or gently heat to defrost.
More Recipes To Try
If you love our keto Napolitana sauce recipe then you might just our Pesto Rosso – (Sun Dried Tomato Pesto), Lemon Gremolata Recipe or Keto Enchilada Sauce. I am a sucker for a good sauce that is simple to make and versatile just as this one is.
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Napoli Sauce (Salsa Pomodoro)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic cut into halves
- 800 g tomatoes (28oz), tinned or fresh and crushed
- 0.5 cup fresh basil leaves torn
- Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook stirring until soft.
- Add tomatoes and season to taste. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes. Remove garlic before serving. Stir through fresh basil and adjust seasoning as needed. If you want a smooth sauce use an immersion blender to puree the sauce to your liking.
- Add oil and onion to mixer; chop 5 sec/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat; chop 5 sec/speed 4. Add garlic halves; cook 4 min/100°C/speed 2/cap off.
- Add tomatoes and season to taste; chop 4 sec/speed 7.
- Cook 15 min/100°C/speed 2/cap off/. Stir through fresh basil and adjust seasoning if needed. Remove garlic before serving. You can blend at this stage if you wish to have a smooth sauce.
Simple is best! Such a great recipe that super easy and packed with flavor! Spaghetti night just got more delicious!
Enjoy your spaghetti Lori.
This sauce sounds tasty! I am excited to give it a try for our next pasta night! Thanks for the recipe share!
You are very welcome
I hope you love it Ann!
The flavors sound so wonderful here…nothing beats homemade sauce! Jar this up and have it all winter long…perfect!
Absolutely! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a review.
Loved how simple and easy it was to make this sauce. They flavors came out perfect! We will be making it again.
Yay! I am so happy you enjoyed it Katie.
Love a great sauce made with simple ingredients! Thanks for including directions for the thermomix.
You are very welcome Tristin.
I have a big basil plant with nothing to do with it. I think I just found the recipe! This sounds great.
Such a yummy sauce! Love that you include hot tips, they are so helpful!
Happy to help Tina.