Salsa di Pomodoro {Tomato Sauce}


There is something so beautiful about a simple plate of pasta. One of the simplest is when it’s dressed with a basic tomato sauce. This 5 ingredient sauce easily comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be used for a variety of dishes. The key to a simple dish is always using the freshest quality ingredients possible.

For the most part, I like to use fresh tomatoes that I have blanched {so the skins can be removed} and then strain through my food mill. Sometimes when tomatoes are not in season or I need to get dinner on the table quickly to avoid a ruckus of the troops I  use a short cut. For those occasions I go to my pantry for canned/boxed strained tomatoes. I do keep a stash of San Marzano tomatoes on hand and also Pomi’ tomatoes. They come in VERY handy! I can’t stress enough how important is it to have a well stocked pantry {but that’s a story for another time}

I love to toss this sauce with spaghetti and voila, un bel piatto di pasta “A beautiful plate of pasta”. Simple and satisfying.


Salsa di Pomodoro {Tomato Sauce}

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion - minced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 26 ounces strained tomatoes
  • salt/pepper
  • fresh basil - roughly torn/chopped


  1. Into a deep sided sauce pan add: olive oil and onion. Heat over medium heat. Stirring as necessary. Cook until onions have softened.
  2. Add garlic and saute for approximately one minute. Add tomatoes. Season with salt/pepper. Continue cooking for approximately 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add basil approximately 1-2 minutes prior to sauce being complete. Check for seasoning. Adjust if necessary.


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  1. 1

    I’ve been searching for the perfect basic (and quick) tomato sauce. I know yours is a winner!

    You should do a post on your well-stocked pantry. I’m so nosey, I love it when people share their pantry photos!!

  2. 2

    Looks like a great, simple tomato sauce! Always good to have on hand.

  3. 3

    wow, I always wanted to learn this recipe as I always use store-bought pasta sauce. Thanks for this 🙂

  4. 4

    This sounds amazing Paula! Gotta love a simple tomato sauce!!

  5. 5

    Love this! So simple and pretty 🙂

  6. 6

    I’m convinced simple is best, an this sounds absolutely perfect!

  7. 7
    Michelle B /

    About how many fresh tomatoes would equal the 26 ounces? I have a Roma tomato plant and an Amish paste tomato plant and can’t wait to try this when they start ripening.

  8. 8

    Absolutely agree with you . Pasta with a simple sauce is just so comforting! I can never arrange pasta that neatly 🙂

  9. 9

    It is essential to have a go-to homemade pasta sauce. This recipe looks wonderful!

  10. 10

    Back to basics… love it!

  11. 11

    YUM Paula. I can’t wait to have fresh tomatoes. This recipe looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing.


  12. 12

    Love this recipe, Paula.

  13. 13

    Love this, Paula! You just can’t best a GOOD tomato sauce. 🙂

  14. 14

    so easy! I’ll be trying this when we have fresh tomatoes from our CSA! 🙂

  15. 15

    …Is it weird that I think blanching tomatoes is fun?

    Yes? Whatever. I’m fine with it.

    This recipe looks so lovely, simple, and delicious. Tomato season is right around the corner 🙂

    I love the way that you styled this pasta – the twirly mounds are so beautiful.

  16. 16

    I completely agree! (I add a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity in the tomatoes)

  17. 17

    I could eat this type of pasta with a simple sauce every day. And, I must tell you that I am extraordinarily jealous of your pasta twirling technique. Your pasta photos are always spot-on.

  18. 18
    Cheryl W. /

    That is so weird. I just saw two recipes that I wanted to try that called for this sauce. I am so glad I ran across this recipe. One was on Rachael Ray (Her Mama’s spaghetti recipe) and Guy’s big bites meatball subs. Thanks for posting!

  19. 19

    As always, another beautiful recipe by you!

  20. 20

    Hi, Paula! Sorry I’ve been missing from the comment section lately — your beautiful, simple recipe prompted me to “take a minute!” This is a sublime sounding sauce and I love your “twin pasta twirl” presentation!

  21. 21

    It sounds simple and delish!
    Why strained tomatoes and not crushed or whole and puree theM?

  22. 22

    I did a variant of this tonight. It might just be the best sauce I’ve EVER had! 🙂

    I used canned and peeled San Marzano tomatoes. Just took the seeds and any hard chunks of core out. Came out beautifully. I am now hooked to your blog, too!


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