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Basic Sauce for Pasta

Rated as 4.3 out of 5 Stars

"This is a basic mild pasta sauce my mother made for years and is still a family favorite. You can add browned ground beef, mushrooms, grated carrots, zucchini or other veggies. We especially like mushrooms or ground beef. It's easy and quick but as with most things like this, the longer and slower it simmers the better it tastes."
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Ingredients

45 m servings 82 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute' onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, oregano, salt, pepper, cheese sauce and water. Lower heat and simmer until it thickens; about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 82 calories; 4.5 g fat; 9.7 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g protein; 3 mg cholesterol; 651 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I tripled up this recipe, but used 1 part tomato paste for every 3 parts sauce to make it a little thicker. I also used an extra clove of garlic, some garlic powder, basil, and a bay leaf. The r...

Most helpful critical review

This sauce is a little too thin. To make authentic Italian tomato sauce is very easy. For marinara sauce heat a couple of tbs of olive oil & saute crushed garlic and finely chopped 1/2 onion. ...

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I tripled up this recipe, but used 1 part tomato paste for every 3 parts sauce to make it a little thicker. I also used an extra clove of garlic, some garlic powder, basil, and a bay leaf. The r...

This was really good! My youngest daughter even said "it smells just like the jarred stuff". The whole family liked it. I substituted 1 1/2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese instead of the prepar...

This was really good. I added zucchini, mushrooms and beef. The beef really sucked up the juices, I would maybe add a little more water and tomato paste if adding beef. Great flavor, recommended!

This sauce is a little too thin. To make authentic Italian tomato sauce is very easy. For marinara sauce heat a couple of tbs of olive oil & saute crushed garlic and finely chopped 1/2 onion. ...

I was out of oregano so I just used Italian seasoning instead. Used this sauce for homemade chicken ravioli and it was great! Super easy recipe that you can get going while you're doing other ...

I cooked ground chicken with the garlic and onion then added the tomato sauce. Instead of water, I used chicken broth. I also used parm cheese instead of the processed cheese. Wow, it was great ...

This was great! As a single mom of a little girl, I have to balance meeting her picky eating habits to my budget (and limited culinary skills). The ingedients I used for the 4-serving recipe ...

this is the first recipe i made from this site. when i first tasted it, it didnt taste as good as i had expected but then after i added some extra garlic and parmesean cheese and let it simmer ...

Very good! I added a bay leaf and some basil. My husband loved it.