You will never buy a store-bought pasta sauce again when you see how you can make a quick and Easy Pasta Sauce in your very own kitchen with only 10 ingredients and in about 30 minutes! Perfect for serving over classic spaghetti, zucchini spaghetti, in eggplant parmesan, or in stuffed zucchini!
Simple Pasta Sauce
We have tried a variety of different store-bought pasta sauces and most of them are just too sweet for our taste so we decided that we needed to come up with a pasta sauce that was easy to throw together and didn’t take a lot of time. This sauce is just that – quick and simple! You can easily adjust some of the flavors to your liking, plus you have the option of using fresh herbs, dried herbs, or a combination of the two depending on what you have on hand. Perfect for using in any of your favorite pasta recipes!
If you do have some extra time and want to make a more slow cooking version, you definitely have to checkout our homemade marinara sauce! It takes a lot more time but it’s so good!
What You Will Need
- olive oil – a splash in the pot to help sauté the onion and garlic.
- small yellow onion & garlic – a perfect flavor combination to get the party started in the pot.
- red wine – feel free to sub with pomegranate juice if you prefer to not use alcohol.
- canned crushed tomatoes – we feel that quality matters here and we highly recommend finding high quality crushed tomatoes, like DeLallo or San Marzano.
- kosher salt & pepper – every homemade sauce needs a dash of both!
- dried oregano leaves & dried basil leaves – option to use dried, fresh, or a combination of both.
- butter – just a bit of fat helps with rounding out the flavor profile, but you can omit if you prefer to not use it.
How To Serve An Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce
There are so many ways to use this amazingly flavorful, yet simple pasta sauce! You can keep it simple and just serve it over your favorite spaghetti noodles, with or without some Italian meatballs. Or you can use it when making some eggplant parmesan, zucchini spaghetti, stuffed shells, stuffed zucchini, or cheesy baked rigatoni. There are SO many ways, let us know your favorite!
Storing Homemade Pasta Sauce In The Fridge
You can store this easy pasta sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. We love using a mason jar but any airtight container would work!
Can I Freeze This Pasta Sauce
Absolutely! Once your sauce has cooled completely you can pour it into a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Just make sure the container has some extra room in it because the sauce will expand as it freezes. When you are ready to use the sauce you can simply thaw it in the fridge overnight and then reheat.
How To Make An Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce
You can begin by sautéing the onion and garlic in a saucepan.
Then add the rest of your ingredients.
Stir to fully combine and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes. Option to let it simmer for longer depending on how thick you like it.
Enjoy or store for later!
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Easy Pasta Sauce – a delicious, simple + easy pasta sauce recipe that is perfect for spaghetti, eggplant parmesan, stuffed zucchini and more!
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, minced
- 1–2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon red wine
- 28oz high quality crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- 3 teaspoons dried basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon butter (regular or dairy-free)
- Add olive oil to medium-sized saucepan and bring to medium-high heat.
- Add onions and garlic; move around pan with wooden spoon until they become fragrant – about 30 seconds.
- Add in remaining ingredients; stir to combine.
- Cover and simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes; feel free to simmer anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours or longer.
- Use in your favorite recipes – we love it on fresh pasta, eggplant parmesan or stuffed zucchini!
- Red wine: feel free to sub in pomegranate juice if you want to avoid alcohol.
- Tomatoes: the quality really does matter in this recipe! I would recommend DeLallo or San Marzano.
- Consistency: feel free to add the sauce to a blender and pulse until you reach a smoother consistency.
- Fresh Herbs: feel free to use fresh herbs instead of the dried OR feel free to add in a little fresh herbs in addition to the dried.
- Butter: butter is optional, but it adds in a little bit of fat to round out the flavor profile. Feel free to use dairy-free.
- Storage: cool completely and then store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Freezing: after it has cooled you can pour it into a freezer-safe container (that has extra room for the sauce to expand) and freeze for up to 3 months.
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