Quick Tomato Sauce in a jar.

Quick Tomato Sauce

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! This sauce freezes well.
Makes about 4 cups.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Tomato Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Natalie


  • 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.