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Homemade pasta sauce - Dr. Axe

Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Jarred pasta sauces are often packed with loads of sugar and preservatives. Instead, make your own homemade pasta sauce in minutes.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole tomatoes, crushed with hands
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add garlic, and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  2. Stir in tomato paste, Italian seasoning and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add tomatoes, stir to combine and bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.


  • Add cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper to add a kick to your sauce.
  • You can use fresh tomatoes in place of canned tomatoes.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Sauces & Dressings
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Calories: 67
  • Sugar: 2.7g
  • Sodium: 61mg
  • Fat: 5.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.9g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg