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How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Tomato Paste

Transform 1 can of tomato paste savory, easy spaghetti sauce! Done in just 20 minutes, this sauce is super convenient and affordable.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
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  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Pour over cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.


  • For a meaty sauce, add 1 pound of lean ground beef, turkey or sausage. If you go this route, cook the meat in a skillet first and drain excess grease. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet and cook as directed.
  • Spruce up the sauce by using any or all of the following: red pepper flakes, fresh tomatoes or diced canned tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil or dried basil, grated Parmesan, a few minced garlic cloves or fresh chopped onions.
  • Add sugar (or other sweetener) 1 teaspoon at a time for a sweeter sauce.
  • Store room temperature leftovers in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge. Use within 4-5 days.
  • Adding homemade marinara sauce boosts the flavor hugely!
  • Add a dash or two of red wine for a more complex end result.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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