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Welcome your new go-to recipe with open arms! Trust my word when I say that this is the Best Homemade Pasta Sauce recipe you will ever come across!

Definitely rivals Italian restaurants and grocery store jars in quality and flavor!

Make your grandma proud with a rich, simple, yet satisfyingly delicious mixture of tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, and just the right amount of seasoning!

My Spidey sense tell me that you wouldn’t get enough of this recipe. Itching to prove me wrong? Give it a try!

As far as pasta sauce recipes go, this one is the easiest way to get a delicious Italian sauce that definitely beats store-bought sauce.

Life is much more beautiful in the land of everything homemade! Let me show you why!


Find love with this Pasta Sauce

a pan of delicious homemade pasta sauce placed next to uncooked pasta
You had it at the sauce

Marinara Sauce Vs. Pasta Sauce

These common types of sauces might get a lot of people confused, especially in classic Italian recipes. They are all tomato-based with similar color and consistency; but what sets them apart?

Here’s everything you need to know about the difference between a homemade marinara sauce and this easy pasta sauce.

The fact that both types of sauce use tomatoes, garlic, and herbs makes their taste quite similar.

However, marinara has a light and thin texture, while pasta sauce is thick and sometimes either chunky or creamy.


Amazing sauce for an amazing you!

three jars of pasta sauce placed next to Roma tomatoes, basil, garlic clove, and Chili peppers
The freshness of nature in every bottle


Put Your Sauce to Good Use!

The only thing I am sure of is that this homemade spaghetti sauce recipe allows us to enjoy a sauce-y experience in a whole bunch of delicious ways!

Let’s see what recipes can start with jar of pasta sauce!

Well, it is safe to say that this delicious homemade pasta sauce works wonders with your favorite pasta (any type of pasta really…Duh!).

However, it is also interesting to incorporate it in recipes like Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo, Ravioli casserole, or ground beef lasagna! Yep! Time to get creative people!

Oh! If you get this sauce in a blender (or an immersion blender) to attain a smoother consistency, you can use this recipe as a homemade pizza sauce!

I have a kicking pizza dough recipe that might inspire you to give this idea a try!


This is where passion rules the game

a top view on an open-lid jar that contains homemade pasta sauce and garnished with few fresh basil leaves
Tomato sauces that will lift your spirit

Storing Tips

Finally found the best spaghetti sauce recipe? Find yourself making this tomato-based sauce in batches and you got to buy time to figure out all the different ways you want to enjoy it?

Well, don’t you worry! Here’s how to store your delicious homemade pasta sauce!

To store: Store leftover spaghetti sauce in glass bottles, glass jars, or airtight containers, then pop it in the fridge. Note that the sauce would last you for about 4-5 days unless frozen.

To freeze: If you are interested in storing the sauce for a long time, then freezing is the key! After the sauce cools completely, place it in a freezer-safe container or bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.

When ready to consume, let it rest in the fridge overnight. Heat and alter the consistency before serving. Enjoy!

Tip to consider: When using a jar, leave some space for expansion. Also, make sure you label the jars with the expiry date.


Tips for Perfect Results

Tip 1: Feel free to enhance the sauce by stirring in some additional spices and herbs like red pepper flakes, fresh basil, bay leaf, and black pepper; or even freshly grated parmesan cheese at the end of cooking.

Tip 2: Consider adding a little bit of butter at room temperature. This will help cut through the acidity of the tomatoes, and gives your thick sauce a nice creamy texture and extra flavor.

Tip 3: Did you know that adding 1-2 carrots to the mix will get you a long way? Finely grated carrots thicken the sauce and add natural sweetness to the whole thing. Give it a try!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried?

Go right ahead! As I always say, nothing beats fresh herbs; however, you might have to adjust the amount you are using. Some call for using three times the amount mentioned as dry, but of course you can adjust to your preferences.

What are the best tomatoes to use for this recipe?

I recommend using whole tomatoes with little to no seeds in them. Fresh garden tomatoes or Roma tomatoes make good options too.

How do I know that my dried herbs have gone bad?

Before dropping in the dried herbs into the mix, run a small amount between your fingers. If you notice that the smell is weak, then it is probably time to buy new packages.


The Ingredients You Will Need

Olive oil and water: Although the amount of water and olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil) needed for this sauce is specified in the recipe card, you can always add some more water if the sauce’s consistency seems too thick.

Fresh tomatoes or a can of crushed tomatoes: Both options can work well with this recipe. But really, who can wait for tomato season to enjoy homemade sauce. If chefs don’t, then neither should you!

Onion and garlic cloves: These two ingredients bring loads of flavors and a bit of chunkiness to your pasta sauce (this is somehow a thick sauce). You can also opt for a smooth sauce by finely chopping the onions or using a food processor.

Dried Herbs: For this delicious pasta sauce you will need garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Of course nothing compares to fresh herbs, but honestly as long as you use the best quality ingredients, you will find plenty of flavor in there.

Sugar, or maple syrup: The addition of sugar or maple syrup actually balances out the other ingredients and brings out subtle sweetness. However, you can always leave it out if you prefer.

Seasoning: This is pretty standard, but no recipe can go without a pinch of salt. It is always up to taste; so if you think your sauce needs an extra sprinkle here and there, be my guest!


Follow The Instructions

First, in a large pot, add the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the chopped onions for about 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed minced garlic stirring consistently.

Next, add the peeled and cubed (medium cubed) tomatoes, or 1 can of crushed tomatoes, water, sugar, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, and salt to taste.

Then, bring the mixture to a quick boil then reduce the heat and keep on low for 10 minutes. Be sure to stir every 2 minutes. Add more water for a looser consistency.

Finally, taste and add more salt if needed. Sprinkle some crushed red pepper for a final touch if you like.


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Best Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipe

By: Lama
Satisfy your inner chef with this insanely delicious, yet easy, homemade pasta sauce that is guaranteed to beat store-bought jars!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 lbs fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 3 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sugar , or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ tablespoon salt

Instructions 

  • In a large pot, add the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the chopped onions for about 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed minced garlic, stirring consistently.
  • Add the peeled and cubed (medium cubed) tomatoes, or cans of crushed tomatoes, water, sugar, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a quick boil then reduce the heat and keep on low for 10 minutes. Be sure to stir every 2 minutes. Add more water for a looser consistency.
  • Taste and add more salt if needed. Sprinkle some crushed red pepper if you like.

Notes

Tips for The Best Homemade Pasta Sauce
  1. Feel free to enhance the sauce by stirring in some additional spices and herbs like red pepper flakes, fresh basil, bay leaf, and black pepper; or even freshly grated parmesan cheese at the end of cooking.
  2. Consider adding a little bit of butter at room temperature. This will help cut through the acidity of the tomatoes, and gives your thick sauce a nice creamy texture and extra flavor.
  3. Did you know that adding 1-2 carrots to the mix will get you a long way? Finely grated carrots thicken the sauce and add natural sweetness to the whole thing. Give it a try!

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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I'm Lama, welcome to my blog where you will find simple and diverse recipes your entire family will enjoy. I am honored to connect with you through the recipes I prepare!

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