Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

tomato basil sauce

I am so excited about this recipe! Lately I have been surviving on simple meals since the time I have in my kitchen is limited right now. This homemade tomato basil pasta sauce recipe is really quick and easy. Making pasta sauce at home has always intimidated me. I finally decided to just TRY IT and loved, loved, loved how it turned out! I used fresh tomatoes and basil, some olive oil, garlic and some salt and pepper. This recipe is so simple, yet so flavorful! By making your own pasta sauce, you control the amount of sodium and what flavors you want. You should use is within 48 hours since it is not canned and does not contain any preservatives. I think it has the best flavor before then, too. I love heating some up and serving over angel hair noodles for a simple, light pasta dish.
5.0 from 2 reviews
Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Prep time
Cook time
Type: Sauce
Serves: 2
  • 5 tomatoes, diced (or 14oz can crushed tomatoes)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  1. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and garlic to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the tomatoes to a blender and pulse a few times (you can make it more or less chunky by how many times you pulse).
  3. Transfer the tomatoes to the saucepan and add the sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the chopped basil and remaining olive oil just before serving.
  6. Store for up to 2 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Makes ~2 cups


  1. ShannanRose says:

    This looks delicious and fresh and healthy. I will have to try! Now that the weather is getting cool and fall is in the air, I am looking forward to warm and comforting foods. 🙂

  2. Hotly Spiced says:

    With your demanding schedule, coming home to having some of this pasta sauce in the fridge with a few packets of pasta in the pantry would be a very big welcome relief, I’m sure. I make a very similar pasta sauce but I add just a little splash of balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I also sprinkle the plated dish with some crispy bacon or pancetta. There are so many possibilities xx

  3. KL says:

    Made some the other day, to use up our tomatoes, I am 99.9% sure it will last much longer then 48 hrs, since the acidity content is so high in it.

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