Need a quick and easy tomato sauce using canned tomatoes? You’ve come to the right place.
This tasty tomato sauce or marinara sauce comes together quickly with affordable, readily available ingredients. It’s perfect for any pasta dish when garden fresh tomatoes are out of season.
It takes about 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook down into a delicious sauce for a quick pasta dinner.
You can use crushed, diced, stewed or whole tomatoes – whatever you have on hand will work. We like our tomato sauce with a little bit of texture but without big chunks of tomato. To get that consistency I use diced, halved or whole tomatoes that I puree just a little with an immersion blender. You can use a blender or food processor – a couple of short pulses should do the trick. Avoid turning your tomatoes into pure liquid!
Tomato Sauce from Canned Tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/4 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can tomatoes (796 ml/28 oz)*
- 1 can tomato paste (156 ml/5.5oz)
- 1 Tbsp
- 1/8 tsp hot pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- In large saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat.
- Add onions and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- Makes: 31/2-4 cups
- Use whatever type of canned tomatoes you have. If tomato pieces are too large, chop to desired size with knife or an immersion blender. If using a food processor or blender, pulse lightly to avoid turning tomatoes into liquid.
- In place of Italian Seasoning use a combination of basil, oregano, thyme and parsley.
How To Freeze this Tomato Sauce
This sauce freezes beautifully. In fact, make a double batch and plan to put some in the freezer so you have a convenient freezer meal ready to go.
- Cool sauce completely. This prevents condensation and ice crystal build up. It also prevents warming up the freezer.
- Label a freezer bag or container. You don’t want to have guess what it is later on.
- If using a rigid container leave 5-10 cm (1-2 inches) of headspace to allow for expansion.
- If using a bag, squeeze out most of the air from the bag and lay flat on a cookie sheet or serving tray. Place in freezer to freeze flat.
- Use within 6 – 12 months.
How To Use This Tomato Sauce
Just in case you’re not sure how, when or where you might use this tomato sauce, here are some ideas.
- use as is on top of spaghetti or your favorite pasta
- sprinkle with fresh basil just before serving over pasta or gnocchi
- add meatballs for spaghetti with meatballs
- use in bolognese (meat sauce) or chili
- use in any recipe calling for a jar of canned pasta or marinara sauce eg. lasagna, stuffed manicotti
- use instead of canned tomatoes in braises or stews eg. chicken parmigiana, oven braised beef, whole cauliflower in tomato sauce
- use in soups, either in small amounts for added flavor to a broth based soup or as the base for a thick tomato rich soup
How will you enjoy your quick and easy tomato sauce? Keep me posted. When you make this recipe, write me a note or post a photo on Instagram with #getgettys so I can see it and like it!
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