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Easy Pasta Sauce

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 4 cups
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired


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
  • 12 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)


  1. Add olive oil to medium-sized saucepan and bring to medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and garlic; move around pan with wooden spoon until they become fragrant – about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add in remaining ingredients; stir to combine. 
  4. Cover and simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes; feel free to simmer anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours or longer. 
  5. 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.