Simple Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

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A homemade tomato pasta sauce that is healthy, easy and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Gluten-free options available and only requires 7 ingredients.

Tomato pasta served on a white plate

My mom used to make me tomato pasta frequently for dinner. Thus, making this pasta brings on my nostalgia almost every time. I was always looking forward to my mom’s tomato pasta after a tiring day at school. There is nothing better than coming home to a comforting bowl of pasta !

Pasta in a marbled pan

What you will need :

  • Tomatoes– They are of course, the main ingredient in this recipe ! I recommend using tomatoes that are really ripe and vibrant in colour as they are more rich in flavour.
  • Garlic powder– this is a must in my opinion when it comes to savory dishes ! Garlic makes everything taste soooo much better.
  • Onion powder– authentically, fresh onions are used. But to make this a quick and easy recipe, I am using onion powder instead.
  • Tomato paste– it enriches the tomato flavour and makes the sauce more vibrant in colour.
  • Italian mixed herbs – They are perfect for Italian inspired dishes like this ! Feel free to sub it with dried oregano.
  • Maple syrup– Balanced out the acidity of tomatoes. If you prefer it to be sugar-free, leave it out or use date syrup instead.

How to make tomato pasta sauce from scratch

  1. Start by placing all ingredients in a pan/ skillet. Bring the mixture up to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the tomatoes have soften and the sauce have thicken.
  3. From here, you can choose to serve it up with some pasta. Alternatively, if you prefer a smoother pasta sauce, blend it using a blender or immersion blender. Bon appetit !
An overhead shot of pasta served on a white plate.

Can I use fresh herbs in place of dry herbs ?

Yes you can ! Feel free to substitute the Italian dry herbs with fresh oregano ( or any herbs you like ! ) The general ratio of dry herbs to fresh herbs is 1:3 . As I am using 1 teaspoon of dried herbs in this recipe, you will need to replace it with 3 teaspoons / 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs.

How to store them

To store the pasta sauce, simply place it in a sealed container and it should last in the fridge for up to a week. To freeze them, transfer them into ziplock bags or freezer safe containers. They can store in the freezer for up to 3 months. This makes them a really great meal prep recipe, so feel free to double or triple the recipe and you will have homemade tomato sauce ready whenever you feel like having an Italian night.

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A close up shot of tomato pasta

Simple Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

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A homemade tomato pasta sauce that is healthy, easy and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Gluten-free options available and only requires 7 ingredients.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 57 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp maple syrup ( optional )
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by heating up the pan. Place all ingredients into the pan and and give it a stir. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes with the lid on, or until the tomatoes have soften and sauce has thicken. Remember to give it a stir occasionally. You may need to add a splash of water depending on the types of tomatoes that you are using.
  • From here, you can choose to serve the tomato sauce as it is. Alternatively, blend it using a blender or immersion blender if you prefer a smoother sauce.

Notes

Sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week, and in the freezer for 3 months. 
Keyword gluten-free, noodles, pasta, tomato