Easy Penne with Tomato Sauce

– 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – 2 garlic cloves minced – 1 can 28 ounces whole peeled San Marzano DOC tomatoes – 1-2 teaspoon sea salt – Italian parsley chopped (optional) – ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes (optional) – To Serve: – ¾ lb to 1 lb of cooked pasta of your choice I used penne


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Cook time: 20 min

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prep Time

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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce -An authentic Italian pasta sauce recipe made totally from scratch! This tomato sauce is so easy and is done with just a few simple steps. All you need are some fresh or canned tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil.

Is there a difference between Italian tomato sauce and marinara sauce? Simply put, an Italian tomato sauce is the homemade version anyone puts together quickly (at home or in a restaurant). Explaining marinara gets more confusing. Because what marinara is in the US is not the marinara you’ll find in Italy.

How to Freeze Italian Tomato Sauce It’s really easy to freeze this sauce.  Allow the sauce to come to room temperature. Then put it in an airtight container (or a large zipped lock freezer bag) to chill in the refrigerator.


Which canned tomatoes should I buy? I typically buy San Marzano DOP. It’s important that you read your canned tomato label. If you can hunt down Pomodori San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino, DOP, from the region of Campania. They are authentic and the BEST. They have less seeds and also, are naturally sweet. You could look for tomatoes in a can, jar or even a carton.


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