Quick tomato sauce in a black sauce pan.

Quick Tomato Sauce Recipe

A Quick Tomato Sauce is a godsend for last-minute dinners. Spoon it over meatballs, pizza, or just a bowl of pasta. This recipe is simple and straightforward to whip up in only a few minutes, (no simmering for hours on end!) and it has lots of bright, punchy tomato flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword tomatoes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 92kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil until shimmering. Add garlic cloves and sauté until browned, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove garlic and discard.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, sugar (if using), basil, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until flavors have blended, about 10 minutes.
  • Keep warm over low-heat until serving time, or cool completely and store covered in the refrigerator.


Makes about 1 quart (4 to 5 cups).


Calories: 92kcal