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Everything tomato sauce for pasta 3

Everything tomato sauce for pasta

A simple but rich recipe for a delicious family dinner... And a good way to use those leftover ingredients in your fridge!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword easy, pasta, sauce, tomato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices ham, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, whole or chopped
  • 2 anchovies
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 12 oz (800 grams) crushed tomatoes, fresh or canned (I puree them)
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown or white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 bay leaf

  • Optional: grated cheese for serving


  1. Heat a large and tall pot over medium heat and add the olive oil, ham, onion, garlic, anchovies, carrot and bell peppers. Cook until tender and deglaze with wine or stock.

  2. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cook uncovered for at least 20-30 minutes, checking it every now and then to see if it needs a splash of water.

  3. Mix the tomato sauce with the pasta of your choice. Serve with grated cheese (parmesan or feta cheese are good options). Eat!

Recipe Notes

If you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure you use a GF pasta :-)