Simple Tomato Sauce |

Simple Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Beth Hornback | Pass the Plants
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian


Looking for a simple tomato sauce that’s oil-free, sugar-free, and takes less than an hour to cook? Look no more!


  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta liquid from cooking Cold Water Pasta
  • 32 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes (I can only recommend the Muir Glen brand)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped (or grated using a microplane))
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. In a small saucepan, boil pasta cooking liquid until it has reduced by half.
  2. In a medium/large saucepan over medium-low heat, add the reduced pasta cooking liquid, garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes, and cook for one minute.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.
  4. Cook sauce for 30 minutes, then enjoy as desired.


Prep Tip: Quadruple the recipe to have three extra quarts to freeze and use in later recipes.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 84