Baked Pasta Sauce

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “Baking gives this sauce a unique roasted flavor. You can substitute ham, cooked bacon, or pancetta for the salami.”


  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained and mashed
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1onion, finely chopped
  • 1/8-1/4 lbitalian salami, chopped
  • 1teaspoon dried basil or 1tablespoonfresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cupolive oil
  • 6red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cupfresh breadcrumb
  • 1/3 cupparmesan cheese, grated
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  • Mix tomatoes, garlic, onion, salami, basil, oil and red pepper flakes in an oven proof dish.
  • Mix bread crumbs and cheese and sprinkle over the tomato mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta without mixing so the crunchy bits stay crunchy.
  • Reviews

  • “This is a dish that could easily be lifted to something wonderful. I loved the idea of baking the sauce. It did add a nice richness to the tomatoes and the crunchy topping was great. Unfortunately, I felt the overall finished product was bland and really needed to be seasoned with salt and pepper. Also, the onions remained very crunchy so I would definitely saute them first next time. Watch the topping carefully — I had to lower the dish in to a different rack in the oven as it was getting very brown.”