Video: Quick, delicious pasta sauce

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  • 2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 32oz. cans whole tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (triple the amount if fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you want heat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • bay Leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of black pepper (more to taste)


  1. Saute chopped onion and garlic in olive oil on medium heat till tender and somewhat translucent
  2. Add basil, pepper flakes, oregano, marjoram, bay leaf (and any other seasonings you may want into saucepan and stir for 2 minutes
  3. Add both cans of tomatoes (including juice), salt, sugar and pepper and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so.
  • This recipe was soooo easy! What I like so much about it is how versatile it is. If you’re a new cook, just follow the recipe and it will turn out great. If you’re a little more comfortable in the kitchen, trying adding some things. Red wine, vodka, cheese, meat, different seasonings, there’s really no limit.
  • Also, don’t forget that this is a great recipe to double. It doesn’t increase your cooking time, and pasta sauce freezes great! I like to put it in zip-lock sandwich bags, freeze it, and then when I’m in the mood for a simple meal I can pull one out and defrost it real quick.

  1. Liz commented on March 5th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I am shocked by how simple this looks! What is the reason to use whole tomatoes? Could you get the canned halved or chopped and then not have to “smoosh” them?

  2. Mom commented on March 7th, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Frozen single servings is a GREAT idea, Mel. -Thanks! This looks like the kind of sauce I would love too.

  3. Michael commented on March 8th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Brilliant! I am definitely going to try this soon.
    This is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites on the interwebs!

  4. Melanie commented on March 10th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Oh my goodness, that is such a wonderful compliment! Thanks Michael, and please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see recipe or video wise. I’m always down for suggestions. xoxo

  5. Anthony commented on May 9th, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Hi Mel! I hope you are loving Italy. I am really impressed with your website and cooking. I didn’t know you were so talented! LOVE the videos and the recipes. Come home soon so you can update and feed me a nice meal!! Hugs and kisses, Anthony.

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