Easy Tomato Basil Sauce

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Craving pasta? Try this easy tomato basil sauce and you will not be disappointed.

Most people love pasta, well I sure do but sometimes pasta gets a bad reputation as not being healthy (carbs are bad etc.). Well I am of the belief that a pasta with a simple but delicious sauce IS healthy and this sauce will prove that simple can be delicious.

I always have an abundance of fresh basil in my garden, but if you don’t, most grocery stores sell small packets of fresh herbs. Do yourself a favor and spend a little extra, you won’t regret it. This sauce is so simple that the best ingredients make simple also delicious. It seriously has 4 ingredients. A good quality Italian canned tomato, good quality extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and fresh basil. That’s it! In 10 minutes you have a fresh and delicious and I say healthy sauce to put over your favorite pasta. Garnish it with some fresh parmesan and you will be saying Yum!

Easy Tomato Basil Sauce

This simple but delicious tomato basil sauce is a healthy and flavorful sauce to put on any pasta.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • 1 medium saucepan


  • 1-15 oz can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes *any good Italian tomato will work
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 leaves Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh parmesan *for garnish


  • Heat the olive oil over med heat and add the thinly sliced garlic, stirring until the garlic becomes fragrant, but do not let it burn.
  • Once the garlic is fragrant add the canned tomatoes.
  • Using your hand (or a wooden spoon), squish the tomatoes to break them up in the pan.
  • Add the whole basil leaves and reduce the heat to low, let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes for the flavors to combine.
  • Add salt and pepper, taste for seasoning (adjust if necessary)
  • While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta and drain (reserve the water)
  • once the pasta is cooked at 2 servings to your sauce and toss to combine.
  • Add a ladle of pasta water, this will also help coat the pasta.
  • Serve and garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Gnocchi with Easy Tomato Basil Sauce
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