Easy Pasta Sauce

Don’t you just love summer with all the delicious vegetables to choose from? This homemade spaghetti sauce is a nutritional powerhouse with it’s combination of fresh basil and tomatoes.

Tomatoes are a source of lycopene, antioxidants and even promote heart health, strong bones and even help protect you  from cancer with their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Pasta sauce seems to be a great way to sneak in lots of extra vegetable servings, especially for people who are not big vegetable lovers.

Basil is actually in the mint family and boasts antibacterial and antiinfamatory properties. It is also said to help with stomach cramps and indigestion.

This simple pasta sauce incorporates onions, italian herbs, freshly diced tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste and italian sausage. This is a base recipe. You can easily incorporate other vegetables that your family enjoys such as mushrooms, eggplant, carrots or zucchini.

Homemade pasta sauce is delicious served over brown rice pasta or buckwheat pasta. If you are trying to cut down on grains you can also serve it over spaghetti squash, which is one of my favorite ways to eat it.

Easy Pasta Sauce

Serving Size: 5-7 servings

Easy Pasta Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 onions
  • 5 cups diced canning tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste (I used about 15 turns of the grinder)
  • 8 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 pound italian sausage, cooked


  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (reserving sausage).
  3. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and continue to simmer for 20-60 minutes. The longer you simmer the more richly the flavors will develop.
  4. Stir in sausage just before serving.
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