Matbucha (Slow-Cooked Tomato Sauce)

This slow-cooked tomato sauce recipe takes a little time but yields incredible results. Use it as a topping for chicken or salmon, stir it into a soup or stew, or use it as the base for an amazing pasta sauce.

Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
8 servings


  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander

  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and coriander and cook, stirring, until very fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a bare simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is completely evaporated and the oil looks separated from the tomatoes, 4 to 6 hours.

  2. To hard-boil eggs, place in a medium saucepan, cover with 1 to 2 inches water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and cover the eggs with ice-cold water; let stand until cool. Peel and refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. Serve the tomato sauce garnished with egg slices and cilantro.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; let come to room temperature or reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
17g Fat
5g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1/4 cup sauce & 1/2 egg
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Vitamin A 541IU 11%
Vitamin C 13mg 15%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 13mg 3%
Potassium 232mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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