Ultimate Quick-and-Easy Pasta Sauce

Ultimate Quick-and-Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
This easy pasta sauce is so tasty and versatile. You can substitute crushed or whole tomatoes for the diced. Crushed will give you a smooth, thick sauce; whole adds a nice chunkiness. Serve this sauce with your favorite pasta.


3 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 126
Caloriesfromfat 16 %
Fat 2.3 g
Satfat 0.4 g
Monofat 1.3 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 4.1 g
Carbohydrate 25.2 g
Fiber 3.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2.8 mg
Sodium 461 mg
Calcium 110 mg


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry red wine or 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Heat oil in a saucepan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in wine and next 6 ingredients (wine through tomatoes), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.

September 1998
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