Make the perfect tomato sauce: 4 recipes that anyone can make

A gem of Czech national cuisine!

Food we have loved since childhood.

Get inspired by our tomato sauce recipes.

You have several options to choose from. How do you like it best?

Real tomato sauce with beef

The tomato sauce is beautifully sweet and easier to prepare than you might expect. Buy some good beef and go for it.


  • 1 kg beef shoulder
  • 3 onions
  • 3 medium carrots
  • ½ small celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 balls of allspice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 clove
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 black pepper balls
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1.5 kg of tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar


  • Clean and devein the meat
  • Cut the celery and carrots into smaller pieces, cut one onion in half, peel the garlic
  • Put the meat, vegetables, bay leaf, allspice, pepper and salt in a pot, cover with water and cook until the meat is soft
  • Strain the broth, keep the meat and carrots aside
  • Finely chop the remaining two onions and fry in a medium pot in oil until golden
  • Cut the tomatoes into pieces and add to the onion
  • Pour in half of the stock and cook until the tomatoes are soft
  • Add the carrots from the broth and blend until smooth
  • Strain through a sieve
  • Return to the pot, sweeten to taste and cook for a while longer. If the sauce is too thin, you can thicken it with stock
  • Cut the meat into slices and put in the sauce
  • Serve with yeast dumplings
Honest Czech tomato and beef sauce.

Tomato sauce with stuffed peppers

A recipe for a simple tomato puree sauce that anyone can handle.


  • 6 white peppers
  • 300 g of minced meat
  • 2 slices of paradise
  • 50 g of rice
  • 2 onions
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 liter of broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 balls of allspice
  • 4 peppercorns
  • salt
  • sugar
  • a pinch of thyme
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of roe


  • Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package
  • Finely chop the onion
  • Mix the minced meat with half the amount of chopped onion, cooked rice and rubbed garlic, salt and pepper
  • Cut the stems off the peppers and remove the seeds, lightly salt the inside
  • Fill them with the meat mixture
  • Fry the rest of the onion in oil in a pot
  • Add the puree, spices and peppers and cover with stock
  • Simmer covered for 30 minutes
  • Put the peppers aside, strain the sauce, add sugar or salt to taste, thicken with stock and cook
  • Return the peppers back to the sauce
  • Serve with pasta or dumplings
Sliced peppers stuffed with minced meat and rice in a plate with tomato sauce

Luxurious meatballs in tomato sauce

A good tomato sauce is beautifully smooth, red and pleasantly sweet. Combined with the meatballs in this recipe, you can achieve heavenly perfection with ease.


  • 0.5 kg of minced meat
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tomato puree
  • 0.5 l of broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 balls of allspice
  • 4 balls of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of roe
  • salt
  • sugar
  • a pinch of cinnamon


  • Mix the meat with one finely chopped onion and salt and form small balls in your hand
  • Coat them in flour and fry them in a large pan or pot in heated oil
  • Remove the balls and set them aside
  • Fry the second, finely chopped onion in the oil
  • Cover it with canned tomatoes, puree and stock, add bay leaf, allspice, pepper and cinnamon
  • Put the meatballs back in, bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 20 minutes
  • Remove the meat and spices and mix the sauce
  • Season with sugar and add the roux
  • Stir and boil
  • Put the meatballs back into the sauce
  • Serve with rice, pasta or dumplings
Meatballs in tomato sauce, in a pot

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Tomato sauce with cream and cabbage rolls

The tomato sauce becomes even more mellow with the addition of cream, and with the slightly spicy rolls, it creates a great taste combination.


  • 10 cabbage leaves
  • 500 g of minced meat
  • 1 egg
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 300 ml of broth
  • 150 ml cooking cream
  • 1 tablespoon of roe
  • sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • a pinch of gingerbread spice


  • Put the cabbage leaves in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes
  • Then cool them quickly under cold water
  • Mix the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs and one finely chopped onion with salt and pepper
  • Place some of the meat mixture on the edge of each sheet, fold the edges inward and roll up
  • You can pierce the thread with a toothpick to make it stick better
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic in it
  • Add both cans of tomatoes and cook briefly
  • Place the rolls in a baking dish, cover with tomato sauce and bake for 40 minutes in an oven heated to 180°
  • While baking, pour tomato sauce over the rolls
  • Set the cabbage dressing aside, strain the sauce back into the pot
  • Add the stock, cream and slowly bring to a boil
  • Add the sugar, stock and gingerbread spice and bring to a boil
  • Serve cabbage toppings topped with tomato sauce with rice or dumplings
Cabbage rolls in a baking dish topped with tomato sauce

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How to prepare roux?

Jíška, or zamažka, is divided into 2 basic types: light and dark. It varies by preparation time and use.

Light roux is used in soups, béchamel and light sauces. It is very strong and thickens the food the best.

Dark roux is particularly suitable for goulash, meat juices and dark sauces.


  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp butter (lard, vegetable fat)


  • Heat the butter slowly over a low flame
  • Sprinkle flour and mix
  • Stirring constantly so that the roux does not burn, let the mass foam
  • After a minute, you have ready light soup
  • If you want to prepare a dark roux, continue mixing
  • Be careful that the roux does not stick and burn
  • After 2-3 minutes the color will turn golden and it’s done

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