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Quick Tomato Sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce - You can skip the jarred sauce! This is super quick, easy, fresh and so so good using pantry staples. Just 30 minutes start to finish!

You can skip the jarred sauce! This is super quick, easy, fresh and so so good using pantry staples. Just 30 minutes start to finish!

Quick Tomato Sauce - You can skip the jarred sauce! This is super quick, easy, fresh and so so good using pantry staples. Just 30 minutes start to finish!

So I know there’s been a shortage of a few things at the stores with this self-quarantine: primarily toilet paper and Purell. But if you try to hit a grocery store, you’ll notice that all the jarred pasta sauces are gone as well!

But don’t worry, guys. I have the quickest, easiest tomato sauce recipe using pantry staples, dried herbs and ground beef. Best of all, this will freeze so beautifully!

So who needs jarred pasta sauce? Nope, not us. We have a fresh, homemade sauce made in minutes. When everyone is ready, boil up your favorite pasta and serve. EASY!

Quick Tomato Sauce - You can skip the jarred sauce! This is super quick, easy, fresh and so so good using pantry staples. Just 30 minutes start to finish!

Quick Tomato Sauce

You can skip the jarred sauce! This is super quick, easy, fresh and so so good using pantry staples. Just 30 minutes start to finish!

15 minutes15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion and celery, and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, oregano and basil until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste.
  3. Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Stir in tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavors have blended, about 10-15 minutes.*
  5. Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan and butter until melted, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with desired pasta.

Notes:

*TO FREEZE: Let cool completely; portion into plastic freezer bags in individual servings, squeezing out any excess air before sealing. Lay the bags flat in a single layer in the freezer (this will help them freeze quickly). To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge, reheating over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

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20 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Smelled and tasted great. Family enjoyed. Thank you for the recipe. 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe works perfectly with Quorn too, for those of a vegetarian persuasion! I also omitted the red wine and it was still perfectly tasty in the lasagne I made for us.

  3. This tomato sauce is my favorite and it’s a very tasty sauce

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another winner!  Subbed out ground beef with Beyond Italian Sausage..which, while not great on it’s own, sautéed with the veg, a lil extra basil, fennel, and red pepper flakes-was great in this sauce. The small amount of sugar in your recipe really adds to the balance of acids. I’ve always been disappointed in previous attempts at  homemade pasta sauce, as the effort never seemed to exceed the convenience, or ultimately taste of good jarred-this recipe is exceptional!  Fresh, full flavor, and easy to whip up while getting your pasta and sides sorted. Thank you! 

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yum! Can’t wait to make a big pot of this tomato sauce for lazy days. Thank you for the great recipe!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This sauce as delicious, and quicker than my regular “Sunday sauce”. Nice bright flavor and easy ingredients. This will definitely be in my regular rotation. Damn Delicious recipes have been brightening our quarantine days….well, your recipes and your corgis! Thank you for what you do!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this! So good! We had lunch and I got two jars into the freezer for future meals. This makes a whole lot of sauce. The only thing I did different was to double the seasonings, but we like that punch of basil and oregano.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi there,

    I made this last night, it was really good. I would highly recommend it.

    Thanks so much!
    Lynne

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    If you like sweeter sauce, add some shredded carrots too. You’ll barely notice the texture but add some natural sugars.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    It looks yummy I will try it at home

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looks good but what of you don’t have red wine? What is a good substitute?

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    How would the cooking times and methods change if we were to substitute turkey for ground beef? I agree that beef would be tastier but trying to be on the healthy side. Would you rather use ground chicken instead of turkey?

  13. It’s a delicious recipe with or without the beef. You have several options on how you would like to use the tomato sauce. Thank you for the recipe especially during this time. 

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can you tell us cooking method for making this in an Instant Pot?

    Thanks!

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very good.  To make it  better NEVER  use sugar, Finely dice a small carrot.  No sugar, no sugar, no sugar, no sugar, no sugar, no sugar, no sugar, no sugar ,no sugar.  NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER SUGAR.   Italian sauce has an acidic touch.    NO SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!