Tomato Pasta Sauce

One of trickiest parts of cooking is cooking for a crowd – how do you please everyone? I love this sauce for just that purpose! I recently had a whole hodge-podge of people over and wanted to easily please everyone – and still please my budget! And so entered this recipe. This tomato sauce is easy to make and a cheap recipe to make in bulk for a crowd. Seriously – this recipe goes way farther than you might think!

It’s vegetarian and low calorie but easy to bulk up with some chicken. And for the crowd that eats a lot – just make a large pot of sauce with a large pot of pasta! Even if you’re not cooking for a crowd, you can make this sauce in bulk and it freezes beautifully. So cook up and enjoy!

Ingredients (makes 8 very large servings):


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Onion
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic
  • 14 oz. tomato sauce
  • 56 oz. petite cut diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 small vegetable bouillon cube or 1/2 large vegetable  bouillon cube
  • 1 tbsp. basil
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • Salt to taste if needed (bouillon cubes carry a heavy salt taste to begin with so sample before adding salt!)


  • Dice onion and mince garlic. Heat olive oil in a large pot and add onion and garlic. Stir until onions are translucent.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. Stir thoroughly. Add bouillon cube, basil, Italian seasoning, and oregano. Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Flavors will steep together and sauce should thicken.

Serve with your favorite pasta. These flavors go perfectly with some grated parmesan cheese. And if you’re looking to bulk this up, mix in some grilled chicken.