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Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe

There has never been an easy pasta sauce recipe easier than this pasta sauce-- on this you have my word. And what’s better is that just because this pasta sauce is easy doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. Keep reading for instructions on how to throw this yummy sauce together!
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Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 28 oz can of high quality diced tomatoes
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp dry basil
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium pan over low-medium heat.
  • Leave uncovered and allow the sauce to simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow sauce to slightly bubble, but take care to not let it burn
  • Before serving, remove the onions.
  • You can cut the onions up and add them back into the sauce if you’d like, though this makes the sauce a bit chunkier. I opt to keep the onions out of the sauce but reserve the onions for things like adding to scrambled eggs, sandwiches, tacos, etc.


Recipe derived from Marcella Hazan's recipe. Herb and spice additions are my own. 
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