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Easy Italian Sauce

August 6, 2021 (Last Updated: August 17, 2021)

This Easy Italian Sauce is an authentic Italian Pasta sauce, and once you see just how easy it is to make the recipe, I bet that you’ll soon become hooked line and sinker and will never want to repurchase a jar of pasta sauce. 

I am what they call an American-Italian. My family is originally from Salerno/Bellosguardo, Italy. My great-grandmother, Grandmother, and mom all came from Italy. I was born in America, raised in several places, and planted roots in the South, home to our family. But love sharing some of our  Authentic family recipes.

 

 

Easy Italian SauceOne of the things I would like to address is the Elephant in the room-In reality, coming from different countries, we all cook differently. When my family first started to come over to America, it was tough to find ingredients that you would find in Italy. The first round of my Italian Imagrient family arrived during the depression. Times were difficult.

Suddenly they were exposed to not being able to use ingredients that were highly costly to import. Changes were made, substitutions happened, recipes were adapted to what they could find or afford. So I will not sit high and mightily on you if you do not understand that 9/10 of the foods you see in restaurants, Pizza parlors, and some American-Italian homes are not what you would find on a menu in Italy.

 

 

Frequently asked questions about the Easy Italian Sauce.

  • Why is it so essential to use tomatoes specially stamped with the DOP stamp? The volcanic soil in Italy makes them much sweeter, less acidic. Authentic San Marzano tomatoes will be stamped with an official DOP stamp.  When it comes to making pasta sauce, the taste of the tomatoes is everything. That’s why you see so many people using sugar in their sauce–they claim it cuts the acidity. The  DOP tomatoes may be more expensive, yes, but you get what you pay for.

  • I always add sugar to my sauce to cut the acidity. Should I include sugar? Please don’t add sugar to your sauce; instead, if you use a quality organic that has a slightly bitter taste, add an entire large carrot to your sauce and remove it once done. This ingredient will naturally sweeten the sauce.

  • I usually add several more herbs or use an Italian Spice blend. Why doesn’t this call for more herbs in it? Italian food is never complicated with several ingredients, so if you see a recipe for more than a few herbs and salt and pepper–it’s not authentic Italian. If you are looking for herb sauce, that’s a whole different chapter in another book. Why add so many flavors? It covers the taste of those beautiful tasting tomatoes. It also complicates the entire process.

  • I do not have fresh basil or parsley on hand. Can I use dry? Fresh basil has a much better flavor, but you can use dried basil. I never recommend dried parley for anything as it has no taste.  If you are in America, you can find fresh parsley all year round- take advantage of it. The cost for fresh parsley runs .99-1.49, so it’s super affordable and much better tasting than dried parsley.

  • Can I use another oil besides the olive oil? The taste of vegetable oil or other oils is day and night compared to the organic cold-pressed olive oil. I would splurge and use what the recipe calls for. Trust me. Your tastebuds will thank me later.

  • Can I use garlic powder instead of the fresh minced garlic? Preferably no. You can find fresh, locally grown garlic in any supermarket, and it elevates the taste so much more than any powdered form of garlic. The cost runs from around .99 to 2.00 for four heads of garlic, and it lasts a fair amount of time.

 

Equipment needed for Easy Italian Sauce

  • Cutting Board

  • Sharp kitchen knife

  • Food chopper (optional)

  • Dutch Oven or large saucepot

  • Pasta Pot

  • Collander

 

 

Easy Italian Sauce

 

 

 

Ingredients needed for Easy Italian Sauce

  • Three to four tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil 

  • Five cloves of fresh garlic, locally grown minced

  • One cup of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped.

  • 1/2  pound of lean ground beef, 97/3

  • Two teaspoons of Kosher salt

  • One -28- ounces of organic whole tomatoes, DOP stamped 

  • Nine fresh small tender basil leaves

  • Black pepper, to own taste

 

 

Optional Ingredients for Easy Italian Sauce

  • Pasta noodles

  • Cheese

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Fresh basil

Easy Italian Sauce

 

 

 

Directions for the Easy Italian Sauce

  1. Smash the fresh garlic with the side of a knife to remove the peel, and then mince the fresh garlic in a food chopper or with a knife

  2. Chop the flat-leaf parsley in food chopper

  3. Bring the extra-virgin olive oil to medium heat in a Dutch Oven, then add the minced garlic and chopped flat-leaf parsley.

  4. After a minute, add the lean ground beef, and it up in tiny pieces break up. Add some Kosher salt, cook, until it begins brown and all juices have cooked off. Or drain in a colander to remove if need be.

  5. Place the whole organic DOP stamped tomatoes in a food chopper or hand crush. Then add the tomatoes and the ground beef back in the Dutch Oven

  6. Put the burner on medium-high to bring the pasta sauce to a simmer, and add more kosher salt to your taste. Careful not to scorch your sauce.

  7. Lower the heat under the Dutch oven so that the pasta sauce simmers for about 40-45 minutes, occasionally stirring. Taste the pasta sauce to make sure it has been appropriately seasoned after about 20 minutes, and add more Kosher salt if needed at this time

  8. When the pasta sauce is ready, check the seasoning. Add more kosher salt and pepper if needed and fresh basil, chopped or torn into pieces at this time.

  9. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Once done, reserve one cup of the pasta water to add to the pasta sauce.

  10. Drain and immediately add the pasta to the pasta sauce and combine.

  11. Serve immediately add Pecorino Romano to pasta.

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Italian Sauce

Easy Italian Sauce

hmccallum
This Easy Italian Sauce is an authentic Italian Pasta sauce, and once you see just how easy it is to make the recipe, I bet that you’ll soon become hooked line and sinker.
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
0 mins
Total Time 53 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 356 kcal

Equipment

  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Food chopper (optional)
  • Dutch Oven or large saucepot
  • Pasta Pot
  • Collander

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  cold-pressed organic
  • 5 cloves garlic local grown and fresh
  • 1 cup  flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • ½ pound  lean ground beef 97/3 preferred
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 28- ounces whole tomatoes organic, DOP stamped
  • 9 small basil leaves organic basil recommended torn
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or white

Additional toppings to serve

  • Pecorino Romano cheese to own taste
  • Red pepper flakes to own taste
  • fresh basil torn
  • 12- ounces pasta noodles

Instructions
 

  • Smash the fresh garlic with the side of a knife to remove the peel, and then mince the fresh garlic in a food chopper or with a knife
  • Chop the flat-leaf parsley in food chopper
  • Bring the extra-virgin olive oil to medium heat in a Dutch Oven, then add the minced garlic and chopped flat-leaf parsley.
  • After a minute, add the lean ground beef to the Dutch Oven, and it up in tiny pieces break up. Add some Kosher salt, cook, until it begins brown and all juices have cooked off. Or drain in a colander to remove if need be.
  • Place the whole organic DOP stamped tomatoes in a food chopper or hand crush. Then add the tomatoes and the ground beef back in the Dutch Oven
  • Put the burner on medium-high to bring the pasta sauce to a simmer, and add more kosher salt to your taste. Careful not to scorch your sauce.
  • Lower the heat under the Dutch oven so that the pasta sauce simmers for about 40-45 minutes, occasionally stirring. Taste the pasta sauce to make sure it has been appropriately seasoned after about 20 minutes, and add more Kosher salt if needed at this time
  • When the pasta sauce is ready, check the seasoning. Add more kosher salt and pepper if needed and fresh basil, chopped or torn into pieces at this time.
  • Boil pasta according to package instructions. Once done, reserve one cup of the pasta water to add to the pasta sauce.
  • Drain and immediately add the pasta to the pasta sauce and combine. At this time, add the reserved cup of pasta water.
  • Serve immediately after adding Pecorino Romano to your plate of pasta.

Notes

Frequently asked questions about the Easy Italian Sauce.
  • Why is it so essential to use tomatoes specially stamped with the DOP stamp? The volcanic soil in Italy makes them much sweeter, less acidic. Authentic San Marzano tomatoes will be stamped with an official DOP stamp.  When it comes to making pasta sauce, the taste of the tomatoes is everything. That's why you see so many people using sugar in their sauce--they claim it cuts the acidity. The  DOP tomatoes may be more expensive, yes, but you get what you pay for.
  • I always add sugar to my sauce to cut the acidity. Should I include sugar? Please don't add sugar to your sauce; instead, if you use a quality organic that has a slightly bitter taste, add an entire large carrot to your sauce and remove it once done. This ingredient will naturally sweeten the sauce.
  • I usually add several more herbs or use an Italian Spice blend. Why doesn't this call for more herbs in it? Italian food is never complicated with several ingredients, so if you see a recipe for more than a few herbs and salt and pepper--it's not authentic Italian. If you are looking for herb sauce, that's a whole different chapter in another book. Why add so many flavors? It covers the taste of those wonderful tasting tomatoes. It also complicates the entire process.
  • I do not have fresh basil or parsley on hand. Can I use dry? Fresh basil has a much better flavor, but you can use dried basil. I never recommend dried parley for anything as it has no flavor.  If you are in America, you can find fresh parsley all year round- take advantage of it. The cost for fresh parsley runs .99-1.49, so it's super affordable and much better tasting than dried parsley.
  • Can I use another oil besides the olive oil? The taste of vegetable oil or other oils is day and night compared to the organic cold-pressed olive oil. I would splurge and use what the recipe calls for. Trust me. Your tastebuds will thank me later.
  • Can I use garlic powder instead of the fresh minced garlic? Preferably no. You can find fresh, locally grown garlic in any supermarket, and it elevates the taste so much more than any powdered form of garlic. The cost runs from around .99 to 2.00 for four heads of garlic, and it lasts a fair amount of time.
 
 
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 17gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 816mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1977IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Easy Italian Sauce, Italian Sauce, Pasta Sauce
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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Hayley Dhanecha
    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 am

    This easy Italian sauce reminds me of my recent (well it was in 2018) holiday to Lake Como and loved eating their rustic pasta with simple yet flavorful pasta sauce. So delicious and wonderful.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 18, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you, Hayley! I am thrilled you enjoyed the recipe for pasta sauce.

  • Reply
    Chenée
    August 15, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    So nice to find an authentic pasta sauce to have as my new go-to! I love how easy it is to make, and SO good!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 18, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you, CHENÉE! I love a great family recipe—but we also enjoy a good what they call Southern Spaghetti too which is much different.

  • Reply
    Leslie
    August 14, 2021 at 8:40 am

    It’s so helpful that you list the equipment needed for this recipe! I love making my own pasta sauce and this sauce was incredible!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 18, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you, Leslie! I am so happy you enjoyed this simple pasta sauce.

  • Reply
    Jacqueline De Bono
    August 13, 2021 at 5:58 am

    It’s certainly the case that the simpler the sauce the better it tastes, especially when made with authentic Italian tomatoes! True of so many other Italian recipes as well! xx

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 18, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, and I am very happy you enjoyed the sauce.

  • Reply
    Heather
    August 12, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I love a simple, classic tomato sauce and this sounds like a real winner! Thank you for the great tips on what ingredients to, and what NOT to, swap 🙂

  • Reply
    Aya
    August 12, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I made this recipe was gluten-free pasta, and it was amazing! It felt like I was in Italy. I will definitely be making this more often!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 18, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      That’s awesome to hear Aya! Thank you.

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