Balsamic Pasta Sauce


Quick-and-easy red sauce with balsamic vinegar. Serve over pasta.

close up view of Balsamic Pasta Sauce over penne pasta on a glass plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
3 cups


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb mix

  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seed

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and salt; sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, herb mix, fennel seed, red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar. Continue to heat until mixture appears slightly syrupy, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring back to a simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

124 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 427mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 499mg 11%

* 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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