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Red Pasta Sauce Recipe

So you’re tired of classic store-bought pasta sauce and are ready to take a crack at making it yourself. Look no further than my super simple red pasta sauce recipe (aka tomato sauce), made with literally six ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes! Ready to get into it? red pasta sauce in a pot with a bowl of pasta.

What Is Red Pasta Sauce?

You know that rich, flavorful red pasta sauce you can’t resist? Yep, that’s tomato sauce or marinara sauce, straight from the heart of Italy! It’s the superstar base for countless mouthwatering recipes you adore. And guess what? Making it is a breeze with just six simple ingredients: ripe tomatoes, fragrant garlic, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of pepper flakes for that kick, some aromatic basil, and a dash of salt to bring out the magic. It’s the secret to unlocking the deliciousness in your favourite pasta dishes and more!

Let’s Talk Versatility

Okay, so you made the sauce; now, what are you going to make with it? First, of course, you’re going to make the pasta and pair it with some delicious romano cheese (you can’t go wrong. But there are so many other dishes you can make with this super simple recipe. Lasagna: So I am the Italian who doesn’t really like lasagna; however, this tomato sauce is perfect for spreading between your lasagna layers to make that baked goodness. Meatballs: Your meatballs need a bath to simmer in, and this red pasta sauce recipe is perfect. Not only will your meatballs come out amazing, but your sauce will have a delicious flavour made possible by your meatballs. Pizza: The foundation of your favourite slice is often a classic red tomato sauce, which makes this recipe perfect for family pizza night! To Dip: Having mozzarella sticks, fried eggplant, or zucchini? Red pasta sauce makes for the perfect dipper for some of your favourite appetizers.

The Secret Really Is In The Sauce

So you want to know the secret to the perfect red pasta sauce? It’s simple: it comes down to your tomatoes. For the best tomato sauce, you want to use San Marzano tomatoes. Yes, they are more expensive, but they really do make your sauce so much better. These tomatoes are heartier and contain less water, which leaves you with a richer, more delicious sauce. If you can’t get your hands on some San Marzano, Roma tomatoes are another good option, but overall, look for cans with Italian tomatoes. Next, you want to be using some fresh ingredients. I always recommend using fresh basil and garlic since they’ll bring more flavour to the dish. Lastly, extra virgin olive oil will be your best friend in any Italian dish. Be sure not to be confused with regular olive oil since it doesn’t have the same taste or depth as extra virgin.

How to Make the Perfect Red Pasta Sauce

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What to Serve with Red Pasta Sauce

When you’re whipping up a delicious red pasta sauce recipe, it’s all about finding the perfect partners to create a mouthwatering meal. Start with the classic combo: spaghetti or your favourite pasta shape. Cook it al dente for that perfect texture.


Now, let’s talk toppings! Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese adds a salty kick. If you’re feeling fancy, toss in some fresh basil leaves for a fragrant touch. For protein lovers, go for meatballs, sausage, or grilled chicken. Veggies like roasted bell peppers, sautéed mushrooms, or spinach are fantastic for a wholesome twist.


Don’t forget a slice of garlic bread or a simple salad on the side. There you have it: a hearty meal to complement your red pasta sauce recipe!

Why You'll Love It

Let's Get Cooking

red pasta sauce in a pot with a bowl of pasta.

Red Pasta Sauce Recipe

Red pasta sauce, also known as tomato or marinara sauce, is a classic Italian gem that brings zesty joy to your taste buds. Bursting with ripe tomatoes, garlic's pungent punch, and a sprinkle of basil, it's the soulful essence behind your beloved pasta dishes. Prepare to savor la dolce vita!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 56 kcal


  • 1 Jar San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 6 Basil Leaves
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 TBSP Pepper Flakes
  • 1 TSP Salt Add more or less to your preference


  • On medium heat add your olive oil to a large pan or pot. Let cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add your garlic and pepper flakes and stir until aromatic
  • Reduce your heat to low and add in your tomato sauce and basil leaves. Let cook for 15 minutes- stirring every few minutes
  • Pair with your favourite noodles and enjoy!


Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 490mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 464IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword italian, pasta sauce, sauce recipe, tomato sauce
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Storage & Leftovers

Storing red pasta sauce from your favourite recipe is a breeze. Just cool it down, transfer it to an airtight container, and pop it in the fridge for up to five days. Freeze for longer storage. Leftovers make next-day pasta even more delicious! Just reheat and savour the flavours all over again.

Kitchen Essentials

Dutch Oven with a Lid

Wooden Spoons

OXO Garlic Press

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red pasta sauce topped with basil in a red pot.

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