I find that a basic Tomato sauce was one of the hardest recipes I learned and one of the easiest. I attempted to make this a few times and it was always so bland that I just bought the jar stuff for many years. I watched Martha Stewart many years ago when she did a 101 on Tomato sauce. She started the show explaining that if you stick with these basic ingredients making tomato sauce is very simple and delicious. It changed my way of cooking from then on. I am not against buying jar sauce. Here in NYC there are some very good choices. I just find homemade sauce taste fresher, you control the salt, it is almost as easy, and much cheaper.
2 cans of Hunts tomato sauce
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of dried basil
1/2 of small onion diced
1 tbs olive oil
1tsp of sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbs of Parmesan cheese.
In large saute pan on medium high heat add olive oil and onion to pan. once onions are translucent add garlic and cook for about one minute. You don't want to burn garlic but you do want to be cooked before adding tomato sauce.
Add Tomato sauce dried oregano and basil. If you have fresh herbs then go ahead and add them but don't add until almost finished cooking because they keep their fresh flavor. I always have dried herbs so this recipe calls for dried but sometimes I will have fresh parsley or basil and I add a little bit at the end. Add 1 tsp of salt and pepper, and sugar. The sugar helps cut the acidity. Let this simmer while you boil your water and then cook your pasta. While pasta is cooking add about 1 tbs of grated Parmesan. It gives it a nice extra flavor.
Taste your sauce and add more salt if needed.
You can use any pasta you want. My family loves penne so we use it the most. Try this recipe and let me know what you think.