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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.