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Quick Chunky Tomato Sauce

If you are looking for a quick tomato sauce that tastes awesome, this is the sauce for you. Perfect on pasta and it only takes 20 minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dips/Sauces/Dressings, Everyday Meals, pasta, vegetarian dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, Sauce, tomatoes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 163kcal


  • 28 oz can diced or petit diced tomatoes (don't drain)
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra-virgin preferred
  • 6-8 large fresh basil leaves coarsely chopped or chiffonade (thin shredded) -OR- 2 tsp dried
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves -OR- 1 tsp dried
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil.
  • Cook the onion and garlic until fragrant; about 3 minutes
  • Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, until the tomato paste changes color from bright red to a brick red color (this is the secret to getting great flavor).
  • Stir in the can of undrained tomatoes, the brown sugar, the herbs and the salt & pepper.
  • Bring all this to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Freezes well, so double and triple batches can be made.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 835mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 934IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 4mg