Husband’s Favorite Pasta Sauce

My husband is very particular when it comes to tomato sauces. After learning store bought pasta sauces didn’t sit well with him, and as he drove me crazy searching for the perfect pizza sauce, I decided to create this one.

Yes, we use the same sauce for pasta and pizza. That’s how much he likes it. Having grown up in New York City, he is exceptionally particular about his pizza sauce. Yes, this one is cooked. No, he doesn’t mind.

I also love this sauce because it’s super easy and my toddler can help.

Since February 9th is National Pizza Day, I thought I would share the sauce.

First locate a large pot. This actually makes quite a bit of sauce, so make sure you use a pot, not a saucepan.

Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then add some minced garlic and cook until lightly browned. I read somewhere (or did I see it on TV?) that adding some dried herbs at this point helps release their flavor, so I also add about a teaspoon each of oregano and basil.

Since the dried herbs cook really fast, be ready to add the can of crushed tomatoes seconds after stirring in the herbs. Next add the can of tomato sauce and about a quarter cup of water. The water helps dilute it a little, which I like since I’m not fond of acids or tomatoes. I usually use the tomato sauce can and fill it halfway. Now stir it all together.

If I know I’m making pasta and using beef, I like to add some brown sugar, otherwise it’s granulated sugar. My husband hates sweet, so I don’t add too much, just enough to help cut the acid to make it palatable for me. And now stir again.

Now add a healthy dose of salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. I usually hand the oregano or basil to my son so he can add it. He shakes it until he either says he’s done or I tell him to stop. I add the other herb for the same amount of time. Add a dash of pepper. Since my husband likes salt and I am amazing at undersalting everything, I add a healthy amount of salt, and then some. Meaning I shake the salt shaker vigorously until I can’t stand the sight of salt.

Finally, stir, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

For pasta, I usually add some ground beef or sliced sausage before simmering. Depending on how saucy you like your pasta (the husband and I are at opposite ends), this is good for anywhere between 1 and 2 pounds of cooked pasta.

For pizza, it’s good for two or three standard size pizzas, again depending on how much sauce you like.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano + approximately 1 tablespoon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon basil + approximately 1 tablespoon, or to taste
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 12oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil.
  2. Add garlic and lightly brown. Add oregano and basil. Stir.
  3. Now quickly add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water. Stir.
  4. Stir in sugar.
  5. Stir in oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about an hour.

8 thoughts on “Husband’s Favorite Pasta Sauce

  1. “Meaning I shake the salt shaker vigorously until I can’t stand the sight of salt.” This had me laughing. For years this was how I cooked with garlic. My husband loves it and I was always afraid of adding too much…I have yet to add too much, so it’s a good rule of thumb to just add LOTS!

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    1. Exactly! So glad I’m not alone with this problem! Although I sometimes worry my “this looks like plenty so I’m going to add more” is going to bite me one day.


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