Quick Tomato-Based Pasta Sauce

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Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.


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Adapted from The Big Book of Potluck by Maryana Vollstedt

I usually use this in spaghetti and other pasta dishes, but it’s also a good base for tomato soup.

  • 4 cups plain tomato sauce (I combine 2 cups tomato paste and 2 cups water)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ground pepper

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until flavors are well-blended, about 5 to 10 minutes.

This can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled and frozen for later. And depending on the recipe, I often add chopped veggies I have on hand.

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