~ Homestyle Sauce & Pasta ~

Cassie *


My kids love this chunky tomato sauce...they aren't big on meat sauces, but by all means add meat if you so desire, or meatballs. Make sure you use a good quality canned tomato, such as San Marzano.



★★★★★ 1 vote

4 - 6
15 Min
1 Hr 15 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 - 1 lb
    cans - san marzano tomatoes and juice - squeeze with fingers into pieces in a bowl or if you like a not so chunky sauce you can process the tomatoes smoother in a food processor
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 medium
    sweet onion, chopped - plus 1/4 tsp kosher salt and pepper
  • 3-4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 3 oz
    tomato paste
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 tsp
    each- garlic powder, dried basil, pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 5 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c
    sugar...or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    basil paste or fresh chopped basil
  • 1 lb
    penne pasta

How to Make ~ Homestyle Sauce & Pasta ~


  1. In a dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot, toss in onion, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper and cook until golden. Stirring occasionally. Once cooked add garlic stirring for a few more minutes.
  2. Add the paste, stirring and cooking for 4 - 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and juice, bay leaves, butter, all seasonings except fresh basil. Cover & simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves, taste and adjust seasonings if need be. Before serving stir in fresh basil.
  4. Cook pasta in just salted water. Cook a few minutes less than instructions on box. When draining, save 1/2 cup pasta water.

    Add pasta water and about 1 cup pasta sauce back into pot pasta was cooked in. Add pasta back to pot and cook over medium heat until water is absorbed. ( this gives the pasta a creamy texture.)
  5. Now ladle desired amount of sauce over pasta and toss. Serve with additional pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese.

    I had enough sauce left for a pound of spaghetti next week. Store remaining sauce, covered in refrigerator.

    This is a meatless sauce, you can brown some ground beef or sausage and add if desired.

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About ~ Homestyle Sauce & Pasta ~

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #easy #sauce #pasta

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