There are indeed some shortages in the stores due to this self-quarantine. Specifically, Purell and toilet paper. If you go to a supermarket, you will notice that the jarred sauces have all been removed!

But don’t worry, guys. This is the easiest, quickest tomato sauce using pantry staples. I also use dried herbs and ground beef. This recipe freezes beautifully.

Who needs jarred sauce for pasta? We don’t need it. In minutes, we can make a homemade sauce. Once everyone is ready to eat, cook your favorite pasta. EASY!


Olive oil one tablespoon

1 pound of lean ground beef

One small onion diced

Celery ribs, diced

Three cloves garlic, minced

Oregano dried, one teaspoon

One tablespoon of dried basil

1/4 cup tomato paste

1/4 cup dry red Wine

One 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes

Fire-roasted diced tomatoes in a 14.5-ounce can

Half a teaspoon of sugar

Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, 1/4 cup

Two tablespoons of unsalted butter

To taste, add Kosher Salt and freshly ground Pepper


Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add the ground beef, celery, and onion, and cook for 3-5 minutes until the meat is browned. Be sure to crumble it as you cook. Drain excess fat.

Stir in basil, oregano, and garlic until fragrant. This should take about 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste.

Pour in the wine and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of your pot.

Add tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, and cook until the flavors blend. This should take about 10-15 minutes. *

Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan, butter, and salt for about 1 minute.

Choose your favorite pasta to serve with.

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