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This Pasta Sauce Recipe can be made in a short 30 minutes with easy household ingredients you probably already have in the pantry! It is so much better than store-bought and will taste great on any type of pasta!

red pasta sauce on top of pasta on a white plate.


Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe

This homemade pasta sauce is a classic recipe and it is almost as easy as opening a jar of marinara sauce! I constantly find myself using this recipe on pasta recipes, for pizza sauce, to dip breadsticks in, or as a meat sauce!

I always add a bit of honey into my sauce to counter the acidity of the tomatoes – it makes all the difference. You can make it so many different ways and add it to so many different things! Add it to lasagna or if you like meat it goes perfectly with ground beef, turkey, and Italian sausage.

Can you make a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe in 30 minutes? Yes you can – this one is the perfect recipe for an easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients Needed

  • Onion – Dice a yellow onion.
  • Garlic – Minced
  • Crushed Canned Tomatoes: Use a good quality tomato, like San Marzano Tomatoes, a really good brand of plum tomatoes. These will add the perfect tomato flavor.
  • Chicken Stock: Makes it taste like it slow cooked all day.
  • Honey: Adds a touch of sweetness that balances out the acidity! My all-day tomato sauce recipe uses carrots for natural sweetness but this cooks too fast for that.
  • Spices: Salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes! You can also add dried oregano or use fresh herbs, like fresh basil and fresh parsley.

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How to make Pasta Sauce

  • Add olive oil to a large frying pan (3 quart or larger saucepan can also be used). Heat over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Add the onion and cook 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken stock. Stir.
  • Add the honey and spices to the tomato sauce, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, lower the temperature to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add an additional pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta with parmesan cheese.
pasta sauce in a sliver pan with greens on top.

Expert Tips

  • Use a wide skillet instead of a dutch oven or pot and your sauce will cook faster.
  • Before you serve it, check for seasoning. If needed, add additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Many people will make sauces with fresh tomatoes, but using canned crushed tomatoes is just so much easier and taste great because they are canned at their peak. 
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

FAQs

How long does pasta sauce last?

If you want to make the sauce ahead it will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. Or, you can freeze it for up to one month.

red pasta sauce on top of pasta on a white plate.

30 Minute Pasta Sauce Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Make Easy Pasta Sauce in 30 minutes! This simple weeknight meal is perfect for pasta or meatballs or anytime you need an easy tomato sauce recipe for dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounce can (794g) crushed tomatoes
  • 8 ounce can (227g) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (237ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon (21g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
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Instructions

  • Add olive oil to a large frying pan (3 quart or larger saucepan can also be used). Heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken stock. Stir.
  • Add the honey and spices to the tomato sauce, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, lower the temperature to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 820mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Love love love this quick and easy pasta sauce recipe. It taste like I cooked it all day ! My husband loves meat in his pasta sauce so I added 1 lb of lean ground beef to it. It was very good as well.

    Love all your recipes! They come out perfect the first time. πŸ‘πŸ‘