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A Classic Italian Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

This classic Italian Tomato Pasta Sauce recipe is perfect for pasta! Made with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and a blend of herbs and spices, this sauce is easy to make and packed with flavor. Whether you’re looking to make a traditional spaghetti or another Italian dish, this versatile tomato sauce is a recipe that you will come back to time and time again.

Recipe Substitutes

Onion: If you don’t have an onion, you can use shallots or leeks instead.

Garlic: If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder or use 2-3 cloves of roasted garlic instead.

Tomato: If you don’t have canned tomatoes, you can use fresh tomatoes (about 4-5 medium-sized tomatoes) or a can of diced tomatoes.

Dried Herbs: You can substitute the dried herbs with fresh herbs or a combination of other herbs like thyme, marjoram, or rosemary.

Sugar: If you don’t have sugar, you can use honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar instead.

Olive Oil: If you don’t have olive oil, you can use avocado oil, coconut oil, or vegetable oil.

Classic Italian Pasta Sauce Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of red wine (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves, to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Drain the canned tomatoes and chop into small pieces. Add to the saucepan along with the basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the red wine (optional) and stir. Bring the sauce to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve the sauce over cooked pasta and top with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

ele Tip: This is a rustic tomato sauce, however if you prefer a smooth sauce, blend sauce for 30 seconds on high to create a smooth sauce.


This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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