Pining For A Taste Of Italy? Try This Fast, Easy & Oh So Versatile Sauce Recipe

Dining out at a favorite Italian restaurant will always be the best possible way to enjoy fine Italian food and the special ambiance that is only possible in a genuine Italian eatery. But sometimes the urge for a taste of Italy arises when there is no time to go out for a restaurant meal and the jarred variety of sauce available at the local grocery store just won't do. If you have never tried to make homemade pasta sauce, you may find that it is easier than you think. Especially if you try this quick, easy and delicious sauce recipe in your very own kitchen.

Quick & Easy Italian Pasta Sauce

The following list of ingredients will make four to six generous servings, with some leftovers to enjoy later. 

You will need:

  • a quarter-cup olive oil
  • one medium onion, finely chopped
  • one medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • eight ounces of button or portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • one medium carrot, finely chopped
  • three cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • one tablespoon butter, set aside
  • two tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • two tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • two tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • two cups tomato puree
  • two tablespoons tomato paste

Cooking directions:

In a heavy bottomed pot or large saucepan, heat the olive oil, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, carrot and garlic over medium heat for approximately ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are softened and translucent.

Stir in the oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper, and cook for an additional five minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

Add the tomato puree and tomato sauce and stir until they are thoroughly combined. Turn the heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer slowly for an additional twenty minutes to blend flavors. Add the butter to the sauce immediately before serving and stir until it is melted and combined with the sauce.

Serve over cooked spaghetti or any type of pasta you family prefers, and then enjoy!

Optional ingredients and serving tips

  • If your family is cutting carbs, this sauce can also be used with spaghetti squash.
  • If family members are following a vegan or vegetarian diet, omit the butter from the final step.
  • Use the leftover sauce to top meatball subs, as a dip for breadsticks, or as a tangy sauce for pizza or paninis.

Optional ingredients can also be added to the sauce, if desired, such as:

  • toasted pine nuts, finely chopped
  • cooked Italian or pork breakfast sausage
  • browned, drained ground beef, turkey or pork
  • pepperoni slices
  • chunks of pre-cooked ham
  • crumbled bacon strips.

Leftover sauce can be used to make meatball subs, as a dip for breadsticks or as a tangy sauce on pizza or paninis. Even though this sauce is quick to prepare and delicious to eat, it still cannot compare with a relaxing night out at your favorite Italian restaurant, so take time now to make some reservations. If you're interested, check out restaurants like La Piazza Restaurant Ltd.