I used to make homemade Pasta Sauce with fresh tomatoes and seasonings. Those days are long gone. With everything going on I just can’t seem to find the time so like many busy folks I started to use store bought sauce in a jar. There are many brands and flavors out there, many of them are just fine I guess, but they just aren’t the same as homemade. Well you don’t have to settle for generic pasta sauce. With just a bit of dressing up you can make jar pasta sauce taste like homemade. Yes even the less expensive store brands! All it takes are a few extra ingredients stirred into the sauce as you heat it. No chopping involved, promise!
I make this sauce to use for spaghetti, ziti, and other pasta dishes. You can even use it for pizza, and it’s great for dipping my Stromboli in!
You can make sauce ahead for later use. I usually pour it into mason jars and store in the fridge for about a week or so. For longer storage you can seal it or freeze it in the jars, that way you’ll always have pasta sauce handy!
I like to use fresh herbs from my garden. I always keep small pots of herbs in the kitchen. It’s a very inexpensive way to add fresh herbs when you need them. Just pinch off what you need when you need it. But if you don’t have fresh herbs no worries, just use the spices in you spice rack!
Here’s what you need to dress up your store bought jar of pasta sauce.
1 Jar or Can of Pasta Sauce – Original or Garlic & Onion work best
1 Can Diced Stewed Tomatoes – Italian Style – half drained
1 Tbls. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Oregano (fresh or dried)
1/2 Tsp. Rosemary (fresh or dried)
1/2 Tsp. or 3-4 leaves Basil (fresh or dried)
Place jar pasta sauce in a pot.
Add stewed tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. If you’re using fresh herbs rinse them in water, pat dry with a paper towel, and tear into small pieces before adding to sauce.
Stir to mix well.
Simmer about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to keep from scorching.
Serve over hot pasta or place in jars for later use.
Store sauce in the fridge for about a week or freeze.