Fast Tomato Sauce

As you can tell from many of my recipes, being able to make something fast is important to me. Yes, I love to take an afternoon and bake but when it comes to weeknight dinner, I want to have some hot and tasty and wonderful in front of me within 30 minutes.

Pasta or soups are usually my go to on nights like that. Mainly because they are both comfort foods to me. Both make me feel like I’ve been hugged and taken care of. No, this is not an unhealthy love of food or a way of saying that I need hugging. Don’t worry, I just really like pasta!

Anyway, here is my base recipe for a fast tomato sauce. I am always changing the ingredients up. Adding parsley or using another kind of meat. Even shrimp or clams works if you add them at the last minute Sometimes I like to make this sauce without any meat, add red wine, and then slow braise chicken in it. Soooo yummy! I’ll make sure to add that recipe at a later date. Don’t let me forget though. If you want to see that recipe, you might have to remind me at some point. So many delicious foods, sometimes I get distracted.

Fast Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 3 to 4
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There are many additions or substitutions you can make with this recipe. Use this recipe as a base for whatever delicious things you want to add.


  • 32 oz canned tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ large green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 or 3 Italian sausages, casings removed
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper for serving


  1. Heat approx 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat; add the onions; saute until tender; add the sausage and cook until browned
  2. Meanwhile, blend the tomatoes, garlic, and vinegar until mostly smooth but some small chunks remain
  3. Add ½ the basil, the tomato mixture, and green pepper to the sausage; reduce heat to medium low; allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes or as long as you like (as long as you keep an eye on it, pasta sauce only gets better the longer it cooks)
  4. Stir in the remaining basil; season with salt and pepper
  5. Serve over shells or other pasta that will hold the sauce

Fast Tomato Sauce - Ingredients

Fast Tomato Sauce – Ingredients




11 thoughts on “Fast Tomato Sauce

  1. I have just had lunch but all these pictures makes my stomach feels empty again 😦
    No problem I just need to buy another food lol

    Tomato sauce indeed is useful and you can mix it with almost any kind of dishes. Thank you for the tips!


    • I’m glad you like it! Sometimes it is soooo hard to post because I edit and post the day after I make each recipe…..and by that time I am hungry again. haha Luckily, tomato sauce also freezes very well so I always make sure to have some in the freezer in case I get TOO hungry!

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      • Yeah I can see the extra hard work needed for making self recipes. My PreferHealthyStyle just doing reblogging recipes these days. I will put yours there 🙂


      • That is awesome. Thanks! I try to get a new on up every couple of days. Sometimes there is a gap but that’s how it is, isn’t it? We get busy and then regret letting our projects get sidetracked.

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      • I can fully understand about that. We need money to eat. Sometimes that kind of situation can’t be avoided.

        For me if you want to attract a lot of readers you need to keep posting. If you find it impossible for you, you can change your blog orientation. For example Molly’s collection of recipes. Then reblog or post recipes from other websites.
        Also creating a special section to show that recipes are from other not yours. Meanwhile you can prepare yours well on your spare time 🙂


      • That is a great suggestion! As I find more and more recipes I love from others, I will definitely consider it. Until, I’ll just keep cooking. The good thing is that I or my roommates and friends eat all of the things I make for the blog. Not a speck gets wasted. Haha

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      • In the future you can sell your product if your friends or your community like it as an additional income 🙂

        Continue doing everything you can and like hopefully it will be rewarding to you.

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