Homemade Pasta Sauce

If you know anything about my family, then you know that on Sunday, we eat pasta. Growing up, I thought everybody ate pasta on Sundays. Apparently, they don’t. But now you can enjoy pasta Sunday with a traditional sauce.

When I started writing this recipe, I did so thinking of my sweet mother in law. She loves my family’s sauce and has asked me several times how to make it and I always tell her “Oh, just a little of this and a little of that”. Well Mother Teresa, I’ve finally measured all the ingredients and written out the recipe, just for you!

This sauce is so delicious and it’s quite easy to prepare. It does need some time to simmer once you’ve put everything in the pot, but it only requires the occasional stir until it’s ready. It’s best served over pasta (my personal favorite), but would be great on pizza and served with vegan mozzarella sticks (working on that recipe).



It starts with sautéing 1/2 a yellow onion in one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. If you avoid oil, you can absolutely just sauté the onion in water instead of the oil. IMG_2465

Sauté the onions for 3-5 minutes, until translucent and fragrant. Then, add in the minced garlic and continue sautéing for another 2-3 minutes.

Next, add in the wine and sauté for another minute or two to cook down the alcohol.IMG_2467

Add in the tomato paste, and herbs. Mix well.IMG_2468

Finally, add in the crushed tomatoes and let everything simmer for 2-6 hours, stirring occasionally.IMG_2469

This sauce is amazing over pasta, but can be used to top a pizza or served with vegan mozzarella sticks, too.


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  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade Pasta Sauce

Author: Brianna Wright


1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 Large yellow onion, diced

2-3 Cloves garlic, minced

1/3 Cup dry red wine

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tsp dried basil

1 Tsp dried oregano

1 Bay leaf

1 28 oz. Can crushed tomatoes


  1. Dice onions and mince garlic, set aside separately.
  2. In a medium sauce pot, heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil of medium heat.
  3. When oil is hot, add onions and sauté for 3-5 minutes until translucent.
  4. Add minced garlic and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. When onions and garlic are translucent and fragrant, add the wine and let it simmer for another minute or so.
  6. Add the tomato paste, basil, oregano, and the bay leaf. Stir well and turn heat down to low and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add in the crushed tomatoes and stir well. Cover and let simmer.
  8. Let sauce simmer over low heat for 2-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve with your favorite pasta. (Be sure to remove the bay leaf before serving.)


Homemade Pasta Sauce


8 thoughts on “Homemade Pasta Sauce”

  1. Someone finally wrote done the recipe down. Been eating and making that sauce my whole life. Recipe is now at least 4 generations old.
    Buon appetito

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  2. Finally someone took the time to write it down. I’ve been eating and making that sauce my whole life. Recipe is at least 4 generations old, enjoy!

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  3. Thank you for writing down the recipe for your “need to follow a recipe” mother in law. Just more proof that I hit the daughter-in-law jackpot!

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