How to Make Spaghetti Sauce from Tomato Paste

 How to Make Spaghetti Sauce from 1 Can of Tomato Paste

Spaghetti Sauce from One Can of Tomato Paste
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Serves: 4+
In a pinch, a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce can be pulled together from a single can of tomato paste and some pantry spices. While you might have a tried and true spaghetti sauce recipe, this is a good one to have up your sleeve "just in case"!
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons basil
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • ¼ cup water + 1 tablespoon corn starch
  1. Combine tomato paste, 2 cups water, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and thyme in sauce pan. Bring to a low bubble, then reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes to an hour, depending on your timeline. The longer it simmers, the better-seasoned it will taste.
  2. Stir in sugar, if using. This is optional, but will result in a flavor closer to the jarred varieties.
  3. Combine ¼ cup water and corn starch in small bowl or cup. Add to sauce in pan and stir well. Allow to simmer a few more minutes until sauce thickens to desired consistency.


*This recipe can also be prepared in a slow cooker. Just cook on low and complete steps 2 & 3 after a few hours.

**Fresh onions and garlic would make this even better, but I deliberately used all things likely to be rolling around a pantry or cupboard.

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