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My Favorite Italian Tomato Pasta Sauce

Updated on October 6, 2011

My favorite sauce, and its also easy!

This is a recipe that I was taught long ago and adapted over time. I made this just tonight, and wanted to share it. One of the great things about this tomato sauce recipe is that it is super easy, fast, and economical to make. Here we go. I will start off with just the cut and dry simple version, then add comments later on.

Italian Tomato Sauce Ingredients

One larger can of tomato sauce (aproximately 29 ounces, or use a smaller can if you don't have the large one.)

One can of tomato paste ( 2 ounces, or small if you don't have the larger can.) Just make sure the paste is smaller than the sauce can.

One small palm full of dried crushed oregano

One small palm full of dried crushed basil

One Bay Leaf

Garlic in any form

Olive Oil - Extra Virgin - Just a dash

Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Peper, Crushed Red Pepper and dash of Sugar (all small amounts of these, to taste)

Italian Sausage or Ground Beef - browned

Directions: Put all into a pot, and add one tomato paste cans worth of water into the mix as well. Heat until starting to bubble, but you don't want to boil it or overcook it. Turn down heat, and let it simmer over low heat for a good while. Serve with your favorite boiled pasta, cooked to the package directions. Enjoy! (See more below)

Tomatoes, the main ingredient and so good for you!
Tomatoes, the main ingredient and so good for you! | Source

Extra Notes to Make better or a little different

To me, this is a staple that we eat weekly at our house. This wasn't my idea, but my families. So that makes me happy! We make it with all different kinds of pasta, just use your favorite whether rotini, penne, or whatever.

Once when I got the biggest compliments, I used minced garlic, instead of powdered. That said, if you used fresh garlic, it may be even better.

Speaking of fresher ingredients, you can add cut up mushrooms, which I love to do. I like it without the sausage as well, but my family love the sausage and its extra protein and flavor as well. You can cut up some fresh tomato to put in, onion, peppers, or whatever sounds good. I just especially love the mushrooms.

The paste and sauce combination helps to make the consistency perfect to me. If you don't have that exact combination of a bigger can of sauce to a smaller can of paste and can of water, that is ok. Just use whatever you like or have on hand.

I like to use plenty of spices and herb. I use clean hands, and break up the little pieces a tiny bit more to release the flavor that is inside. Making sure the sauce gets hot enough is important for the flavors to extract out and meld and "do their thing."

I truly crave tomato sauce fairly often, and I think its because tomatoes have the ability to extract vitamins and minerals very well out of the soil they grow in. No wonder it makes me feel good to eat it!

I use a couple dashes of cayenne and crushed red pepper. It gives a great little "kick" to the sauce, and is also a feel good herb. It will even help if you aren't feeling that good. If you don't like hot stuff, you can use just hardly any, and it adds a lot of flavor without the spice.

On occasion, I forget to add the dash of sugar, or extra virgin olive oil. My husband who is a food snob can tell and we add it in and its all good again. I kid you not, there is something to this mixture of ingredients that is about perfect to me.

Serve with some warm garlic bread, and a salad if you have the fixings for that. The only thing that would make it better is some sherbet or spumoni ice cream! Enjoy~!


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      MPG, I love the idea of freezing, I need to do that more often. Its still healthy for a meal when life gets crazy, which it tends to do! :) Appreciate the comment.

      Marlo, thank you for that, and isn't it great to make our own sauce? We can tweak it 'just so'. I appreciate the visit and look forward to seeing your hubs soon.

      Stephchick, thank you, and I am glad to see others do something so similar. I love olives, was just thinking about them the other day! I appreciate your visit.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great recipe hub - I make a similar tomato sauce for our pasta too! So many variations (try chopped olives too). Rated up!

    • MarloByDesign profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Nice recipe - I LOVE making my own sauce. My Gram gave me a great sauce recipe and I am going to print your Hub out and try some new ideas. I agree "you can add cut up mushrooms" - that is the best part! I voted in your Poll & rated USEFUL. Please feel free (if you do not mind) on commenting on my homemade Meatloaf Hub as I would love any new ideas/suggestions. Have a great day.

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      Marie Giunta 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      A good, easy recipe oceansnsunsets. I make a big pot of pasta sauce and then freeze it for later use. It's great to just defrost and use after a long day at work.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Marellen, I agree its a great base or starter. Thanks for your visit and comment. :)

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      6 years ago

      I have made pasta sauce like this before and its basic, so all good things can be added. Thanks for sharing.


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