Cook's Hideout: Easy Pasta Sauce

February 11, 2011

Easy Pasta Sauce

Today is Day 3 of our Blogging Marathon and I have a simple pasta sauce recipe for you.This is a very quick and easy pasta sauce that I make for my son. Actually this isn’t even an actual recipe; this is the way I jazz up store bought pasta sauce to make it taste fresh. Using store bought pasta sauce cuts down on the cooking time and is very convenient. But I try to make sure that I don’t buy sauces that are loaded with sodium or other additives. I like Trader Joes basic marinara sauce as is for pasta and pizza, but like to doctor it up a little bit once in a while. I also make it from scratch and I’m giving that variation as well in the recipe below.

I use Cashew or Almond butter to add creaminess to the sauce, you can also use light or heavy cream to get the same effect.

Easy Pasta SauceIngredients:
Pasta Sauce – 1 cup (I use Trader Joe’s brand). Use 2tbsp tomato paste with ¾th cup tomato puree instead of the store-bought pasta sauce
Red onion – 3tbsp, finely chopped
Carrot – 2tbsp, very finely diced
Garlic – 1 clove, minced (optional)
Pepper – to taste
Sugar – pinch (optional)
Cashew Butter - 2tsp

  • Heat 1tsp olive oil in a small sauce pan. Add onions, carrots and garlic with a sprinkle of salt and cook on medium-low flame until the veggies are tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in pasta sauce, sugar (if using) and pepper. Taste and season with salt if required, which is highly unlikely because pasta sauces are usually heavily seasoned already.
  • Simmer for 5-6 minutes on medium-low flame. This sauce sputters and spits out a lot, so be aware and don't where your best white clothes while making this :-).
  • Slowly stir in cashew butter and simmer for another minute.
  • Mix the sauce with pasta of your choice and enjoy.
Don't forget to check out what the other Marathoners are cooking up in their kitchens.


  1. Sauce looks very nice..I suppose one can use this with noodles also..

  2. You can definitely use the sauce with spaghetti and noodles.

  3. Pretty thick like a dip, should be great for any pasta dish!

  4. Looks so gud and first I tot its chocolate sauce :)...nice one dear

  5. Very nice and versatile sauce

  6. It looks nice - thick and creamy.

  7. Pavani.....
    Lovely sauce..
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

  8. Definitely very useful for most of us,thanks for sharing this easy sauce..

  9. Great idea to get the sauce to a taste we can enjoy. Nothing wrong in getting a bit of help from ready made stuff.

  10. Thanks for sharing this superb recipe dear :)

  11. For some reason I didn't see this post. Your pasta sauce looks nice.

  12. I will remember next time to add carrot and nut butter to the sauce while preparing pasta.


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