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15 Minute Tomato Sauce Recipe

Updated on May 31, 2012

tomato sauce

For years we ate pasta at least twice a week, but then it was time to shed some pounds so pasta was one of the items that I said goodbye to, not completely goodbye but down to once a month.

It took me sometime to realize that what I truly wanted when I wanted pasta was not the pasta which is delicious when properly cooked, but the tomato sauce that I liberally poured over that pasta.

The video shows you how to make a traditional sauce and I will give you a recipe for a sauce that is ready to eat within 15 minutes. We are more likely to pour our tomato sauce over finely sliced and steamed cabbage, green beans or brussel sprouts than pastas these days.

I do not enjoy most store bought sauces. They are simply too sweet but there are evenings when I have only a short time to make dinner, which is why I use this sauce and often make extra for an even quicker meal.

I have the canned paste and crushed tomatoes on hand at all times, buy them when they are on sale so you can always make yourself a sauce.


1 sauce pot

15 Minute Tomato sauce:


1 can 156 ml tomato paste

1 can 796 ml crushed tomatoes

1 stalk celery sliced

2 by leaves

2 gloves garlic sliced

1 tsp olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Hot chilies (optional)

8 white button mushrooms, finely sliced

1 medium cooking onion sliced


Add olive oil to pot set on high

Add onions, garlic, bay leaves and some chilies

Cook 2 minutes

Add celery and mushrooms

Cook 2 minutes


Add crushed tomatoes, stir


3 minutes

Add paste


Heat and serve.

You can start the water to boil for your pasta once you have added the onions.

button mushrooms, I slice them as fine as possible
button mushrooms, I slice them as fine as possible
chili peppers added before and after cooking if desired
chili peppers added before and after cooking if desired
crushed tomatoes plus paste makes for a thick and rich sauce
crushed tomatoes plus paste makes for a thick and rich sauce
pour over favourite pasta or vegetables
pour over favourite pasta or vegetables

A traditional tomato sauce


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

  • raguett profile image


    9 years ago

    this is great thanks... check out my link for a great dessert recipe...thanks for the recipe bob.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    9 years ago

    Hi Bob,

    This is great so I've added a link from my site to encourage people to give it a go:

    I've not heard the idea about swapping out pasta for vegetables before! (The sliced steamed cabbage sounds particularly worth trying, though I think I'd want to add a lot of salt :D)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick


  • Michele Engholm profile image

    Michele Engholm 

    10 years ago from Hutchinson

    Loved this Hub Bob. Thanks so much. Not growing up in an italian home, I am really needing to hone my tomato sauce skills. I always end up with sauce that is too sweet. Again...TNX


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