My Favorite Pasta Sauce Recipe & Tramontina Cast Iron Enameled Dutch Oven

I’m Italian and VERY picky sauce so I want to share my pasta sauce recipe with you (or gravy as my family calls it!).  I wont eat pasta dinners at certain restaurants because I don’t care for their pasta sauce.   I want a nice tomato flavor to my sauce and it’s so simple to make that I thought I’d share it with you.

When in a pinch I will use jarred tomato sauce but I always flavor it.  But when I have time for it to cook I’d prefer to use canned tomatoes and my favorite Italian seasonings and meats to give it an awesome flavor.

You’ll need two cans of Tomato Puree or Crushed Tomatoes.. or sometimes I use one of each, olive oils, crushed garlic, dried or fresh basil, salt, pepper and your favorite Italian Seasoning.  I love the Pampered Chef Italian Seasoning.

Pasta Sauce Recipe

Start off with putting about 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil in the pan and begin heating on med/low heat.  Then add 1 clove of crush garlic.  You can add more or less depending on how much garlic you like.

Pasta Sauce Recipe

To give my sauce a really yummy flavor, I like to cook some meat in it.  If I’m making meatballs, I’ll cook them in the sauce, but if I’m not then I’ll toss in whatever I have on hand… some Italian Sausage,  piece or pork, some steak or meatballs.  My supermarket will sometimes sell a package with a few pieces that I mentioned just for making a sauce!  I’ll grab that when I see it and toss it in the freezer if I’m not using it right away.


I brown those on both sides in the garlic and olive oil and then I add the tomatoes….


I love the red color of tomato sauce!!!

Then I add my seasoning… it’s all really to taste but to give you some ideas I add about 1/4 cup of dried basil/Italian Seasoning, 1 teaspoon of salt and some fresh ground pepper.  In the summer when I have fresh basil in my garden, I’ll toss a few leaves right into the sauce… so good!

Dutch Oven

I cook that on low/medium heat for about an hour or two, depending on how much time I have.  Once it comes to a boil, I’ll turn it on low or simmer and just stir occasionally.

I like to cook this in my new Tramontina Cast Iron Enameled Dutch Oven so it heats and cooks nice and evenly.  It has superior heat retention and distribution which is perfect to slowly and evenly heat and tenderize meats, poultry and vegetables.  It’s perfect for making a sauce in!   This Dutch Oven is compatible with gas, electric, ceramic glass and induction cooktops and it’s oven safe up to 450° F / 232° C!

But it’s not just good for cooking in.  It’s so pretty that you can use it to serve your food in as well.  And if you pre-chill it in the refrigerator you can serve cold foods in it and they will stay cooler longer!

I’m really loving the Tramontina Dutch Oven and I have the 6.5 qt round one and it’s perfect for my family.  I especially love the the red color!

You can purchase the Tramontina Dutch Oven on ebay…. I found the best price there!  And let me know if you try the sauce too!

Disclosure: This product was provided to me free of charge from Ebay.  My opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Richard Mansfield says

    Ebay wants $20.00 to ship this. It costs 17 cents more at Walmart and shipping is free.