I will start by admitting that I am not above buying store-bought pasta sauce. If it’s going to be a busy day, and we’re having zoodles or spaghetti squash for dinner, I might just buy a jar and heat it on the stove. I know, I could make a big batch of pasta sauce and freeze it for occasions such as this, but that just doesn’t always happen.
However, if I have some free time, I do like making my own pasta sauce. It really is simple, and it’s something that can be done in a small amount of time. If I’m going to take the time to make meatballs, I usually make the sauce to accompany it. Put the meatballs in the oven and use that time to get the sauce going. Add the meatballs to the sauce, and then let them hang out until it’s time to eat.
Pasta sauce can vary immensely, which is why I’m calling this basic pasta sauce. If you want to be more creative, there are lots of options. You can sneak veggies into your kids’ diets by shredding them into the sauce. You can add some ground turkey, beef, etc., and make it a meat sauce. I’m sure there are a million other things you can add or do. This recipe simply will get your sauce started, and it also tastes great as is.
The next time you’re making meatballs or cooking sausage, while you’re waiting for them to be ready, making a batch of sauce. You’ll be glad that you did.
- Olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspon dried basil
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- Coat bottom of frying pan with olive oil; place over medium heat.
- Add onion and saute for 5 minutes.
- Puree cooked onions with tomatoes in blender, in batches if needed.
- Add tomato mixture to pot; add garlic, oregano, basil, wine, sugar, and tomato paste.
- Simmer for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.