This sauce is great for weeknights because it’s delicious and comes together so quickly. You can have it done in the time it takes to make your pasta! It’s also a nice blank canvas for other ingredients. Pretty much any meats or veggies can be added to the sauce for more substance, but it’s also really nice on it’s own with just a little fresh basil, parsley or Parmesan sprinkled on top.
I like to use canned, fire-roasted, diced tomatoes for extra flavor in the sauce. I put the tomatoes in the blender or food processor and puree them quickly to make a smother sauce. If you want to save this step, you can also use crushed tomatoes, but I haven’t seen a fire roasted version of those. Or, if you like a chunky tomato sauce, you don’t have to blend the fire-roasted tomatoes at all!
You probably already have everything you need in your pantry, with the exception of the fresh herbs, and you can consider those optional, but delicious. You can also add some capers if you have those on hand, they add a nice briney, bright flavor to the sauce.
This is also a great sauce to use in other recipes, like, oh, I don’t know, maybe my Gluten Free Italian Sausage Lasagna? ; )
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicier, to taste)
- 3 14.5 oz cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, pureed in a blender or food processor. You can leave some chunky if you like.
- ½ cup water
- 1½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- Using a blender or food processor, puree the canned tomatoes. I like them mostly blended, with a rustic texture.
- Heat the olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium heat, add the garlic and the red pepper flakes and saute for 30 seconds. Don't brown the garlic or the sauce may get a bitter flavor.
- Add the pureed tomatoes and water to the pan. Be careful because they will bubble up in the hot pan, turn the heat to low. Use a splatter screen over the pan if the tomato sauce keeps bubbling up.
- Add the salt, pepper, oregano and sugar to the pan, stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add the fresh parsley and basil. Serve over your favorite shape of pasta!
Capers are a great addition too!