san marzano pasta sauce
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San Marzano Pasta Sauce

A taste of Italy in your own kitchen! San Marzano tomatoes make the most authentic pasta sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Anecia Hero - SmartyPantsKitchen


  • 2 28 oz. cans San Marzano Italian Tomatoes whole or diced
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil good quality
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 1 15 oz. can beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Italian herbs dried - OR -
  • ¼ teaspoon of each: parsley, thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage and marjoram SEE RECIPE NOTES
  • ½ teaspoon salt -or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper -or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional


  • In a dutch oven, on medium temperature, add oil and onion; saute until onions are translucent
  • Puree tomatoes in food processor to desired consistency
  • Add pureed tomatoes to onions
  • Allow tomatoes to cook down for about 10 minutes then add broth and tomato paste
  • **If using dried herbs, add them now, along with the garlic and nutmeg
  • **If using fresh herbs, just add garlic and nutmeg for now
  • Allow sauce to simmer for 15 minutes; taste and season with salt and pepper; 
  • Add fresh herbs and allow to cook for 5 minutes
  • Serve over warm pasta or refrigerate up to 5 days


  • San Marzano tomatoes are so mild and flavorful, you could really do without any herbs if you prefer. 
  • Do not cook tomatoes in a cast iron skillet; the acidity interferes with the iron and gives off an unpleasant flavor.
  • Fresh herbs make a big difference in most recipes, but if you're garden hasn't bloomed yet, dried will work as well. The ratio of fresh to dried is 3:1. If a recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of fresh, you'll need 1 teaspoon of dried (3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon). 
  • Dried herbs are more potent than fresh, thus the 3:1 ratio. You'll want to add fresh herbs at the end of the cooking time; add dried at the beginning of cooking time.


Calories: 80kcal