Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
15 min
1 hr 15 min

1 1/2 quarts sauce

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole Italian plum tomatoes, with their juices
  • 3 whole heads roasted garlic, cloves removed from peels

In a large saucepan saute the onion in the olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and lightly golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, salt, balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil, and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you place them in the pan, and their juices. Stir to combine well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the roasted garlic cloves and stir to combine. Continue to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes longer, or until the flavors have come together.

Serve over pasta of choice.

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Way inexpensive compared to the high end stuff at Costco and at least as good. Also, I am NOT a chef by any stretch and this was easy! Thanks Emeril, you're the bomb!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce is easy to make. I love garlic, and I love thick, spicy sauces so this is great for me. However, no way will I use my hands to crush the tomatoes when I have a perfectly good immersion blender. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is my go add about a quarter to half cup of red wine for an extra depth of flavor and ALWAYS use San Marzano tomatoes, worth the extra money for them as they are very low in acid. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this pasta sauce!! I use a little extra tomato paste to thicken it more for certain recipes and i double all the spices.. I also skip the roasted garlic step and just add more fresh garlic after the onions.. I sautee the onions til they're nice and golden. Perfect basic tomato sauce! I make this at least once every 2 weeks, it can be used for any recipe that requires a tomato sauce or marinara.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe last night, and it was very good! I followed it exactly since it was my first time making it. It was VERY spicy! My boyfriend and I like spicy, but it was a bit too much for us. The kick at the end overwhelms the roasted garlic taste. Next time I will omit the red pepper flakes and maybe add a touch more garlic and some more herbs/spices. As the review below says, its a great starter sauce and then you can alter to your taste from there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It doesn't deserve a 5. Next time I will: 1. Forget the entire roasted garlic step. I LOVE garlic, but that step is just too much. 2. Add a small amount of fresh tomato. 3. Add a smidgen of water (too avoid the whole "too much tomato paste" taste. 4. Add tons more spices (our family isn't into bland. 5. Add some mushrooms and perhaps other veggies. It isn't that special, but a great starter sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'll probably never buy jarred pasta sauce again : I doubled the spices and added garlic powder instead of the roasted cloves.. yummmyyy item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first time I have ever tried to not use already made sauce from a jar... it came out SUPER yummy! I did not put the leaves in and I used grape tomatoes in it. I also did not use the hot sauce, the crushed read peppers were enough for us ; p.s We were VERY full. WIll make again for guests. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this sauce for lunch today and everyone loved it. Very easy and healthy! I would double the sauce quantity next time,as the sauce serves a maximum of three people. And everyone wanted seconds :. I served the sauce over whole wheat pasta, and sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top. For those who have never roasted garlic before, google it, it takes about 35 minutes in the oven, so don't leave it for the last minute like I did :!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making a traditional tomato sauce for 20 years and it's damn good, but I decided to try it this way. Followed directions to a tee and in my opinion the garlic (and I LOVE garlic! overpowers the entire pot of sauce. Emeril hardly ever steers me wrong but I won't be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Safeway house brand San Marzano - $1.79 a can in Oregon! I made a lucky grab when I couldn't find the plum tomatoes. 1/2 gallon of this stuff was about $4 - Costco was 3x that at least. I used onions from our garden and garlic from a barter with friends. Time to sleep off my food coma..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
You didn't make this recipe. There are plenty of others that don't have roasted garlic. Perhaps you should cook and then review one that uses fresh garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond