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A white bowl full of spaghetti pomodoro with a fork picking up some noodles.
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Pasta Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

A simple Pasta Pomodoro Sauce is served with spaghetti or penne pasta for an easy weeknight dinner.  This homemade spaghetti sauce recipe is made with fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic and is ready in under 30 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 136 kcal
Author London


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup sweet onion seeds removed, finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 5 cups tomatoes* about 2 ½ pounds, finely diced
  • 1 tsp. sugar* optional
  • 2 Tbsp. basil fresh, cut into thin strips
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese* optional


  1. In a medium pot sauté olive oil and diced onion over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until onion is slightly translucent.  Add crushed garlic and continue sautéeing for 1 minute. 

  2. Add tomatoes and sugar. Keep sauce over medium-low heat and sauté for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. During the last 5 minutes, start crushing the tomatoes with the back of your spoon. Do this until all tomatoes are completely crushed.
  4. Stir in basil and salt to taste.  Reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Serve with spaghetti or penne pasta, extra basil, and fresh Parmesan. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Pasta Pomodoro Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 737mg21%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2750IU55%
Vitamin C 42.8mg52%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.