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30 Minute Pasta Sauce Recipe

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 Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $8


  • 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


  • 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.


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