Easy Red Pasta Sauce


Learn how to make a plain, simple, no-frills, basic red sauce that tastes great on a variety of pasta and is not watered down with this recipe. For making a good sauce, use canned tomatoes. Except for summer months, "fresh" tomatoes are usually harvested when green and left a long time to ripen. Add more red pepper flakes if you like your sauce spicy!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (29 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, drained

  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta


  1. Warm oil in a medium saucepan over low heat and sauté garlic; heat through until garlic turns translucent, not brown. Add onion and cook over low heat until translucent; 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Add parsley, basil, and black pepper; stir. Add tomatoes and cover; raise heat to medium and bring to a strong simmer. Lower heat and add red pepper flakes. Cover the saucepan and cook for 25 to 35 minutes.

  3. Continue to let the sauce cook over medium-low heat uncovered for 10 minutes or until it thickens. The sauce can be run in the food processor for 2 to 3 seconds to achieve a more uniform consistency.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 169mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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