How to make classico pasta sauce?

Making a classic Italian pasta sauce is one of the most basic and important cooking techniques. The key to the best tasting tomato-based recipes is to simmer them low and slow, allowing all of the ingredients to meld together into something truly delicious in your mouth.

How to make classico pasta sauce?


Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Fresh basil (1 bunch)
  • Fresh garlic (3 cloves)
  • Fresh oregano (about 20 leaves)
  • Fresh parsley (2 bunches)
  • Fresh thyme (10 stems)
  • Tomatoes (6 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped; or 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes)*


  • Place the tomatoes and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add basil, oregano, salt and pepper; continue to cook until the sauce thickens slightly (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese until smooth; season with additional salt if needed.


The quantity of the ingredients needed to make this sauce is as follows:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

To make this pasta sauce, you will need the following:

  • 2 cups canned tomatoes (chopped)

To begin, you will need to heat up your pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot enough, add in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and allow it to warm up for about 5 minutes. Next, stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic into your saucepan while continuing to cook on medium heat for another 10 minutes or until fragrant and golden browned in color. Then add in ½ teaspoon dried oregano along with ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes if desired and stir well before adding 2 cups chopped canned tomatoes into your mixture as well as ½ cup water into your saucepan so that everything can combine together properly; continue cooking on low heat until all ingredients are incorporated into one coherent substance!

Add the olive oil and garlic to a medium saucepan. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes and basil, stir to combine. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Points to note

  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook pasta as per instructions on the packet, then drain.
  • Make your own sauce or use a ready-made jarred brand instead of using bolognese sauce from a can.
  • Add cheese to the sauce and mix well, reserving some for sprinkling over when serving if desired.

Apart from being great on its own as a sauce to dip your veggies in, it can also be used as a base for other dishes, such as soups and stews.

  • In a large pan over medium-high heat, add the oil and sauté onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil leaves (if using fresh), salt and pepper to taste. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until thickened slightly.* Stir in spinach leaves during last few minutes of simmering time until wilted.* Serve hot over pasta or use as a sauce for pizza or lasagna in place of pasta sauce!


So, there you have it! Classico pasta sauce is easy to make, and with these tips you’ll be an expert in no time. Try out the recipe below and let us know how it goes.

Ronney Bien

Ronney Bien is a culinary visionary and a maestro of pasta artistry, whose passion for pasta knows no bounds. With a deep-seated love for the Italian culinary tradition, Ronney has made it his life's work to create pasta that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves a lasting impression.

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