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Pasta with Pomodoro Sauce from One Lovely Life

Pomodoro Sauce (Vegan & Paleo Friendly)

  • Author: Emily of One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Pomodoro Sauce – This simple tomato sauce is perfect for serving with pasta, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or your favorite proteins! 


  • 34 Tablespoons olive oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced (I like sweet onions)
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/41/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes (I prefer fire-roasted)
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh basil, minced


  1. In a large sauté pan, saucepan, or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté 5-7 minutes, or until translucent and tender.
  3. Add garlic, a pinch of salt & pepper, and the red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and fresh basil. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat too low. Simmer 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. (If your sauce gets thicker than you like, add a ladleful of water, broth, or pasta cooking water to thin it back out.)
  7. Serve with pasta, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or your favorite proteins!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pasta, Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Keywords: pomodoro sauce, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free