This Quick Tomato Sauce will be your go to sauce for topping pasta, making parmigiana, coating meatballs, and anything else you want to make spectacular. It’s quick, simple, and absolutely delicious!
I never understood why people made such a big deal about making a spaghetti sauce. If you need to make something quick for dinner that takes less than 30 minutes, then this is the sauce to make. Although this is a quick sauce, it is also very versatile because it can be used for chicken, veal, or eggplant parmigiana, stuffed peppers, stuffed shells, and manicotti, just to name a few. Making a delicious tomato sauce doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
I usually make this on Wednesdays probably because it was ingrained in my head that Wednesdays are spaghetti days. Now that I have a family of my own, everyday is busy making this a perfect choice for a meal.
When I would stop by and visit my uncle Tony and aunt Julia without much notice, they would whip up this sauce and serve it with pasta. “Sit down! I make some a pasta, no problema! We eat then we talk!” I had to put exclamations after those sentences because every time we talked in that house it was loud!
Along with adding lots of fresh garlic to the sauce, my uncle would also add garlic powder because he said it added more flavor. He was right. When I say powder I mean granulated garlic powder (affiliate link) and not that super fine powdery stuff. I know some of you reading this might think that using garlic powder in a sauce is wrong. It isn’t. Trust me or just try it and see for yourself.
Sautéing the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes is key. The onions turn sweet and start to melt. This is what takes the longest to do in this recipe, but it’s important. You don’t want the onions crunchy or noticeable in this sauce. Next, add in the minced garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. You should start to smell that awesome aroma that garlic emits when it is being cooked. Far different from the aroma when garlic gets burned so be careful here. When you start to smell the garlic, stir in the salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic powder.
Add the crushed peeled tomatoes to the onion mixture. Stir it carefully because it can splatter. Simmer the sauce for about ten minutes.
Now you can either chop those basil leaves or just tear them and throw them in. Let it simmer for about another 10 minutes and you’re done. You have a quick tomato sauce ready to serve with pasta or used for whatever dish you have in mind. This sauce also freezes well.
You know what makes this quick tomato sauce extra special? It’s made with by you with love.
Be happy, eat well…
Quick Tomato Sauce
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely chopped ~ ½ cup
- 3 medium garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt Diamond Crystal is recommended
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 (28 ounce) can ground peeled tomatoes
- 6 to 8 basil leaves
- In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the onions in the olive oil for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the garlic and cook for a minute or two being careful not to brown.
- Stir in the salt, garlic powder, sugar, and pepper.
- Then slowly add in the crushed tomatoes.
- Cook for about ten minutes stirring occasionally.
- Tear up the basil leaves and add to sauce. Stir it up and simmer for another ten minutes.
- Serve with pasta or as a sauce topping for parmigiana.