Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce

Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce is just that… a fast, easy, basic tomato sauce.  It’s delicious, as is, served with pasta and perfect for a quick, easy and casual weeknight dinner; simple enough for kids but tasty enough for adults. This is a great recipe for novice cooks: few ingredients, easy and not time-consuming to prepare and tasty results.  More experienced cooks will appreciate that it can also be used as a basic tomato sauce starter, ready to be embellished with other elements such as Homemade Italian Meatballs or grilled sausage.  Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce serves well a component in some of our other recipes, such as Grilled Sausage and Peppers Two Ways or Argentine Meatball Stew, to name just two, which require a a simple but tasty tomato sauce to support the main elements of the dish. Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce will keep refrigerated for two days or freeze for future use within a month.

Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce

Total Time: 30 minutes Serves: 2

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  • 4 Tb Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tb minced Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • ¼ tsp coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 14 oz can Crushed Tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 Tb fresh Basil leaves (optional)


  1. Add the extra virgin olive oil to a 2-quart saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic, crushed red pepper and sea salt to the saucepan, stir and sauté uncovered until the garlic is golden brown.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes or diced Roma tomatoes to the saucepan, stir, cover and simmer over a medium low heat for 15 minutes.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, rinse and sliver the basil leaves.
  5. Once the sauce is done simmering, stir the slivered basil leaves into the sauce, cover and turn off the heat.
  6. Serve Quick Tomato Pasta Sauce over pasta or use as a basic tomato sauce starter and take it from there.