Quick and Simple Pasta Sauce Recipe

Quick and Simple Pasta Sauce Recipe

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe because it is packed with flavor that your whole family will love. This will become your every day, quick and simple pasta sauce. Learn how to make a quick and simple pasta sauce from Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad.

Sauce made simple…

Pasta is a weekly staple in my house and over the years I have refined my red sauce to deliver maximum flavor with minimal effort. The key to making my simple red sauce is having fresh ingredients. I like to use the combinations of the following:

1- Cup of Fresh Basil and Italian Parsley, chopped

1-Tablespoon dried Oregano leaves

3-4 Garlic cloves, chopped

(1) Orange, squeezed with pulp into the bowl

1- Can of Tomato Sauce

1-Can of Stewed Tomatoes

1- Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Equipment: Large mixing bowl and spoon


Cooking Steps: Get Chopped

Chop fresh basil and Italian Parsley together on a cutting board with a sharp knife. Don’t worry about making precise cuts on these herbs. Place herbs in a large mixing bowl. Drop your can of Tomato Sauce and open the can of stewed tomatoes and pour the can into the bowl while making a “hand crush” of the tomatoes. That’s right, take the pieces of stewed tomatoes and crush them with your hands. This method of crushing the tomato releases more flavor into your sauce. Add the table spoon of dried Oregano, Olive Oil and stir slowly. Now add the fresh chopped Garlic.

Place this wonderful concoction into a stew pot on med-low heat. Allow the sauce to “bubble” not boil and stir frequently. The secret ingredient to this sauce is the use of citrus. I like the mild, sweet taste of using an orange, but I have also used lemon and lime for a nice tart flavor as well, (Any of these options work). In this recipe, take your Orange and cut into half and squeeze the entire orange into the sauce. Don’t worry about getting the pulp in the sauce, it will dissolve and add more flavor.

At this point, it’s now time to prepare your favorite pasta. Start by using a salted pot of water that has been brought to a boil. In this recipe, I used Fettuccine pasta and kept the pasta stirred well while cooking in the pot of water. Serve pasta warm and take a generous portion of sauce and you are about to enjoy my simple sauce.


My Wine Pairing: JLohr Wines

As a longtime fan of having wine with my pasta, JLohr wines have been sitting on my family dinner table for the past 10 years. If you ever make your way up the California coast, there is a little community in the central California region called, Paso Robles. This sleepy little surf town produces some of the best wines in the world and that is where you can find JLohr vineyards. If you can’t make the trip, you can always find their wines at your local grocery store or wherever you shop for wine. For my red sauce pasta dishes, I like the smooth taste of the JLohr, Cabernet Sauvignon. This cab is packed with flavor and year after year produces a smooth finish. Give it a try.

Editors Note: This was not a paid review of JLohr wines. The thoughts, opinions stated in this review are my own and would be the same I would give to my friends, family and even enemies. CookLikeADad and it’s employees did not receive any compensation for this review.


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