Simple Pasta Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Start by heating the olive oil over medium heat in a small saucepan.  When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the onion.  Cook, stirring, until the onion is tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add the brown sugar, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.  Cook for an additional minute, until the garlic is fragrant and the spices have bloomed in the oil.

Step 3: Add the can of crushed tomatoes along with the bay leaf, salt and pepper.  Bring the sauce to a boil before reducing the heat to medium-low.  Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, until the liquid is reduced and the flavors have come together.  Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Enjoy this simple homemade pasta sauce from Taste of Home!