The ‘I-Have-No-Time-To-Make-Pasta-Sauce’ Sauce: Tomato Edition

I-Don't-Have-Any-Tomato-Sauce Sauce


When my husband brought home fresh pasta from Eataly,  I thought he would bring home pasta sauce. He didn’t… which turned out to be a good thing. He knows I prefer to make my own sauces. Thankfully, I always have lots of vegetables on hand and my daughter is grape-tomato-obsessed. I sautéed the grape tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil, rosemary (and later basil), garlic and within minutes, the sauce ready to go!

Simple and delicious!

Time: Even with the chopping this should take less than 15 minutes, all-in.

Serves: 2 adults. This can easily be doubled if you have more sauce-eaters in your home.

Kid modifications:  My oldest doesn’t really appreciate sauce and for both kids, they prefer fresh vegetables to a ‘sauce’ so I used a portion of the veggies from the sauce to put ‘on the side’ for each of them.

Chopped Grape Tomatoes, Garlic & Basil

Chopped Grape Tomatoes, Garlic & Basil

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Steps To Put This On Your Table:

  1. Warm the extra virgin olive oil in a, saucepan at least one or two inches deep over low to medium heat.
  2. Add all of the ingredients, except for the pasta cooking liquid (if using) and increase heat to medium or medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the garlic becomes fragrant and the tomatoes begin to soften. Keep the garlic moving so it does not take on too much color. The olive oil will also deepen in color, this all takes about 5 – 6  minutes.
  3. If using the pasta liquid, add it at the end, and simmer for another minute or two.  Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  4. Enjoy!
Photo of I-Don't-Have-Any-Tomato-Sauce Sauce over Spinach Ravioli

Photo of I-Don’t-Have-Any-Tomato-Sauce Sauce over Spinach Ravioli