Tomato Pasta Sauce

Ready made tomato pasta sauce from the store not always that great to say the least. However making your own homemade pasta sauce can be quite tricky as well. This article is all about how to upgrade your tomato pasta sauce into something authentic.

Because our aim at Pasta-recipes.com is to make you a chef, we will discuss a shortcut to cook a great tomato pasta sauce without all the hassle of 100% homemade pasta sauce.

The techniques that you will learn are applicable in a lot of other dishes. Moreover we will teach you how to extract flavors from vegetables and meats and merge these with the tomato pasta sauce.

Techniques you’ll learn with this recipe

  • How to upgrade ready made tomato sauce
  • How to infuse flavors and let the ingredients do the work
  • How salt dishes and give more dimension to a sauce with anchovies

With the recipe you want to invest

  • About 20 minutes in the kitchen to prepare
  • About $10 for 70oz or 2L of pasta sauce (don’t worry, you can freeze the sauce if it’s too much). This makes about $2 per 2 person serving.

Tomato Pasta Sauce step-by-step

This is a very easy and cool way to make a lot of great tomato pasta sauce in no time. Split the sauce over 4 bags and freeze them for future use. It will only get better over time!

The idea here is to free all flavors of the ingredients so they can be absorbed by the tomato pasta sauce. Cook with medium heat so the ingredients don’t burn and have time to get used to each other in the pan. Best Ingredients Forever!

Ingredients to upgrade Tomato Pasta Sauce

Ingredient How much Metric How much Imperial
Oil 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons
Tomato Pasta Sauce 70 ounces 2 liter
Garlic 10 cloves 10 cloves
Onion 1 big onion 1 big onion
Anchovy* 1-2 ounces 50 grams
Olives 4 ounces 100 grams
Capers 1-2 ounces 50 grams
Sundried tomatoes 4 ounces 100 grams
Oregano Big Tablespoon Big tablespoon
Sugar 1 Tablespoon 1 Tablespoon

* don’t worry about a fishy taste. The anchovy gives the saltiness to the sauce. If you really don’t like anchovies, change it to 7oz or 200gram of bacon

Tomato Pasta Sauce Preparation

  • Cut the onion as small as possible!
  • Chop the garlic as small as possible!
  • Cut the olives in half
  • Cut the sundried tomatoes in small pieces

Tomato Pasta Sauce Cooking Instructions

  1. Put all of the oil in a frying pan
  2. Add the onions and sauté / fry them until they get a bit transparent brownish
  3. Add  the garlic and stir! It should start to smell really nice now!
  4. Add the olives and the sundries tomatoes.
  5. Put the heat on high and add the anchovy until it dissolves.
  6. Add the tomato sauce and stir like you have never stirred before.
  7. Wait until the sauce boils. When it boils put the heat on low.
  8. After 5 min on low temperature add the oregano and let the sauce cook for 5 min more
  9. Add the sugar. This will take off some sharp edges and make all flavors come alive even more
  10. Use some for pasta right away and freeze the rest of you awesome sauce for next time