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Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Want an Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce that can be made in minutes? Try this recipe that requires 8 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Forget the jar stuff, use it with pizza, pasta, and casseroles.

easy homemeade pasta sauce in glass jar with lid and napkin

Want to make a cheap and easy homemade pasta sauce?

I got you!

This pasta sauce is so quick and easy to make and I love the idea that I know and have control over the ingredients that go into it. 

Instead of dried herbs, feel free to use fresh basil, oregano, and rosemary if you would like. I also like to use organic canned crushed tomatoes, but you may use any version of canned tomatoes that you like and we’ll cover a little more on that a later. As I always say, it is your kitchen, so do whatever you want! You truly cannot mess this sauce up it is such a foolproof recipe.

This homemade pasta sauce is also so versatile that it can be used with pizza, pasta, vegetables, or really anything that requires pasta sauce.

Let’s get started. 

What ingredients are needed for this pasta sauce recipe?

ingredients for easy homemade pasta sauce

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Garlic
  3. Basil 
  4. Oregano
  5. Rosemary
  6. Bay leaf
  7. Extra virgin olive oil
  8. Salt and pepper

How to make pasta sauce: 

Begin the recipe by adding all of the ingredients into a saucepan. 

ingredients for easy homemade pasta sauce in a saucepan

Bring to a low boil, then cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. 

overhead view of pasta sauce in a jar

You can use the sauce immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer up to 4 months. 

What kind of canned tomatoes to use? 

For this pasta sauce, you can really use any kind of canned tomatoes that you prefer. My favorite to use is crushed tomatoes because they break down easier creating a semi-smooth sauce. Pureed tomatoes will give you a creamy thinner sauce. Whole peeled tomatoes are great if you prefer a more chunky and full-body sauce. If you want an extremely chunky sauce, use diced tomatoes. 

Want some recipes to use this homemade pasta sauce? Try these: 

bowl of spaghetti topped with easy homemade pasta sauce

overhead view of pasta sauce in a jar

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

Want an Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce that can be made in minutes? Try this recipe that requires 8 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Forget the jar stuff, use it with pizza, pasta, and casseroles.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy homemade pasta sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 105kcal

Ingredients

  • 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil on medium-high heat.
  • Then cover, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to allow all of those wonderful flavors to come together. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Use immediately in your favorite recipe or store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer up to 4 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg
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side view of bowl of pasta being sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

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2 Comments

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    Chelle {Everyday Polish}
    March 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    This looks delicious! Will definitely be trying it out next time I make pasta, although your homemade pizza looks so yummy that now I’m tempted to experiment with that as well.

    • Reply
      admin
      March 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Thank you so much! Please do experiment away and let me know how it turns out. I was also going to make pasta with the sauce, but decided to try something different instead.

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