You Can’t Have Pasta Without Some Proper Sauce

December 8, 2021
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Pasta Sauce

A no muss, no fuss sauce, perfect for spaghetti night.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 144 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pat butter about 2 teaspoons
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan on high until it's shimmery. Sauté the onions in the oil, stirring frequently, until they're soft and shiny, about three minutes. Add in the garlic and stir everything to combine, then cook for an additional two minutes. Add in the basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and sugar. Stir that stuff, then add the butter. Continue to cook and stir for about a minute.

  2. Add half of the can of the crushed tomatoes, scraping the pan so nothing gets stuck. Turn the heat down to low and add the remaining tomatoes. Stir in 1/4 cup water to loosen the sauce, plus a little more if it's still too thick.

  3. Let the sauce simmer for at least. 10 minutes or as long as an hour. Don't forget to give it an occasional stir to keep it loose. Serve over your favorite pasta.


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