The Easiest Tomato Sauce

*This Easy Tomato Sauce is a staple in my kitchen. It’s quick to prepare, so much more delicious than any jarred variation, and the perfect addition to all sorts of weeknight dinners.*

This Easy Tomato Sauce is so simple to prepare and incredibly versatile - a staple in my kitchen! | The Millennial Cook #dinner #easydinner #tomatosauce #italian

Possibly the most easy dinner ever is a warm bowl of pasta, topped with a simple sauce like jarred pesto, a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of parmesan, or a chunky tomato sauce. Luckily, this quick weeknight dinner solution is delicious, too! I always think that spaghetti is perfect after a long and exhausting day of work because it’s so quick to prepare, and the perfect combination of filling and comforting. It’s nice to know that if I get home late, especially on a cold and dark night, a satisfying dinner requires little more than boiling water.

This Easy Tomato Sauce is so simple to prepare and incredibly versatile - a staple in my kitchen! | The Millennial Cook #dinner #easydinner #tomatosauce #italian

One of my favorite ways to step up a simple pasta dinner just a little is to make homemade tomato sauce. Sure, you could go with a jarred version – but this quick and easy recipe requires just a few common ingredients and barely any effort. The trick is using a can of high-quality crushed tomatoes. I love the concentrated flavor, and the plentiful juices cook up into a perfectly thick and flavorful sauce. Some olive oil, onions, garlic, a couple seasonings – the perfect flavor combination, and quintessentially Italian.

This Easy Tomato Sauce is so simple to prepare and incredibly versatile - a staple in my kitchen! | The Millennial Cook #dinner #easydinner #tomatosauce #italian

I like to make a big batch of this quick tomato sauce. I’ll enjoy some immediately, tossed with spaghetti and topped with some parmesan or a dollop of ricotta. The rest I’ll freeze, to be added to simple weeknight dinners. Sometimes I stir the flavorful red sauce into scrambled eggs, or spoon it over leftover rice. To make a quick take on pizza, simple spread some sauce over a piece of toast, top with shredded mozzarella, and then stick it in the oven for five minutes or so. This easy tomato sauce is practically foolproof, and crazy useful and delicious!

This Easy Tomato Sauce is so simple to prepare and incredibly versatile - a staple in my kitchen! | The Millennial Cook #dinner #easydinner #tomatosauce #italian

The Easiest Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This Easy Tomato Sauce is a staple in my kitchen. It's quick to prepare, so much more delicious than any jarred variation, and the perfect addition to all sorts of weeknight dinners.

  • This recipe makes the perfect amount of sauce for a pound of pasta.
  • The sauce, once cooled, can easily be frozen in tupperware containers. Simply defrost in the fridge before using.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Peel and dice the onion.
  3. Add chopped onion to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, about five minutes.
  4. Peel and finely mince the garlic cloves. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add garlic to onions and cook a few minutes longer.
  5. Add tomato paste. Stir to coat onions and cook for two minutes.
  6. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook, uncovered, stirring regularly, until thickened, about thirty minutes.

This Easy Tomato Sauce is so simple to prepare and incredibly versatile - a staple in my kitchen! | The Millennial Cook #dinner #easydinner #tomatosauce #italian

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