Where’s my pasta sauce?

January 11, 2011 —

I always have leftover cooked pasta in the fridge and my favorite quick food is pasta with tomato sauce. Except that today, I didn’t have the prepared jar of spaghetti sauce to satisfy my cravings! I was in dire need of a carb loading session since I am just days away from my residency interview (eek!). Not to worry, luckily I found some miscellaneous cans of diced tomatoes and tomato paste in my cupboards.

Here’s the quick how-to on making a simple spaghetti sauce:

  1. Pan fry one diced sweet yellow onion with a pinch of garlic salt until soft and golden
  2. Toss onion into pot with one can of diced tomatoes (with Italian seasoning), one small can tomato paste and 1 tsp sugar.
  3. Top with dried basil/oregano

Cook until warmed through and pour over cooked pasta, and that’s it! You can sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top or throw in a meatball if you got it.  What’s your favorite sauce recipe?


Tea Nguyen is a dual degree D.P.M./M.P.H. student at DMU. She was born in Utah but raised in California and left the great state to be at one of the best podiatry school in the country.

She has aspirations in international medical service trips and hopes to hit several continents during this lifetime. Traveling is also on the top of her to-do list and she often reminisces about her prior travels to Italy, France and Greece. She also enjoys eating adventures with her boyfriend Paul and is a major food-snacker. It is not uncommon to find her lapsed in a food coma in the middle of her studies.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509977468 Rickard Bergengren

    Swedish Meat balls with pasta is just lovely!!
    Just ketschup worsk good for me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509977468 Rickard Bergengren

    Swedish Meat balls with pasta is just lovely!!
    Just ketschup worsk good for me…

  • http://dlayphoto.com dlayphoto

    While it takes 8+ hours to make, Michael Symon’s recipe for Yia Yia’s Sunday Sauce is always a winner:

    http://www.dlayphoto.com/post/330806101/recipe-yia-yias-sunday-sauce

  • http://dlayphoto.com dlayphoto

    While it takes 8+ hours to make, Michael Symon’s recipe for Yia Yia’s Sunday Sauce is always a winner:

    http://www.dlayphoto.com/post/330806101/recipe-yia-yias-sunday-sauce

  • http://saucerecipes.tv The Sauceress

    Go easy on the sugar – you need just the tinest amount to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. It’s best if you make a habit of buying Italian canned tomatoes – San marzano are the best ones. They have lots of flavor.
    One of my favorite pasta sauces is “alio e olio” – just olive oil and garlic. Or you can go “al burro” – butter and parmesan cheese tossed with the hot pasta. Enjoy!