What's for Dinner: Ultimate Red Pasta Sauce

Tired of sauce in a jar? This recipe has you making a superior homemade sauce in very little time. Once you taste it with your favorite variety of pasta, you'll never go back to the jar again.

Credit: Meals on the Move by Holly Clegg

Servings: 6


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can pureed tomatoes
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large pan coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute the onion, celery, carrots and garlic over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, oregano, bay leaf, basil, parsley, sugar, salt and pepper.

Cook over medium heat for another 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve over the pasta of your choice.

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