Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipe

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“This thick, hearty sauce satisfies my pasta-loving husband much more than store-bought kind. For a change of pace, I add ground beef or Italian sausage. It's also good with black olives, mushrooms and green peppers.” —Jennifer Stephens, Pearland, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 fresh baby carrots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked pasta

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 114 calories, 3g fat (trace saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 839mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 6g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and carrots in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the tomatoes, broth, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with pasta. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Homemade Pasta Sauce in Country Woman June/July 2008, p38

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I am 100% Italian and all my family uses canned tomatoes, sauce, or paste and

1/2 of us use carrots in our sauce. Even my 2 grandmothers and aunt from Italy
used canned."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"Who cares if it's "authentic" Italian sauce. Just make it & enjoy it. Fresh tomato is always preferred, but canned work well too. I'll bet if you looked, you'd find some authentic Italians who say this sauce is pretty good eating."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I haven't made this yet, but had to speak to the negative comments about canned items and carrots. Check out real Italian sauce recipes from Lydia Bastiannich and Biba Gagliano. They both use canned tomatoes and carrots, along with onions and celery in their sauce recipes. Even Italians have to use canned tomatoes and the best ones are San Marzano only sold in cans."

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"I ended up using all oregano instead of 1/2 oregano 1/2 basil because I was out of basil but it was really really good. The spices in it are strong but it tasted really good on angel hair pasta."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"I made this sauce because I had everything on hand to make it and I was not dissappointed--it was very good. My whole family enjoyed it and it made my house smell terrific!! I will make again Thanks TOH"

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