Spaghetti Sauce from One Can of Tomato Paste

Delicious Spaghetti Sauce from One Can of Tomato Paste

Author: Jessie Leigh
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
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 of 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 a saucepan. Bring to a low bubble, then reduce to a simmer. Allow simmering 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 the pan and stir well. Allow to simmer a few more minutes until sauce thickens to desired consistency.

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