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There’s nothing better than a homemade pasta sauce recipe! Here are the top ideas to make your dinners taste better.

Pasta sauce recipe

Purchased marinara is good and all, but it can’t hold a candle to the real thing. That’s right, a homemade pasta sauce recipe cooked with love is the best meal around. You may not always have time for a homemade sauce, but often cooking from scratch is easier than you think. Here are our top homemade pasta sauces to make when you need inspiration! With these these sauce recipes to your arsenal, there’s nothing you can’t do.

And now…the top homemade pasta sauce recipes!

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Tomato sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This homemade tomato sauce recipe has simple ingredients that make big flavor! Here’s how to make this Italian staple.


  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes, San Marzano or best quality
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 large basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 5 minutes, until softened and fragrant. Add the tomatoes and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the salt, sugar, oregano and basil and blend until combined. 
  3. Return to the saucepan and simmer partially covered until thickened to the desired consistency, 15 to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust salt as desired. (Variations: Stir in red pepper flakes, a splash of cream, grated Parmesan cheese, or a splash of balsamic vinegar if desired.)
  4. Serve 2 cups tomato sauce with 8 ounces pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese, and/or red pepper flakes. Sauce stores refrigerated for 5 days or frozen for 3 months.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Pasta sauce recipe, Pasta sauces, Homemade pasta sauce

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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