Easy, Easy Tomato Sauce

OK, so, I have to be honest: My kiddo did not love the pasta with this sauce. But he did love helping. And that's something. (I also have to believe that most kids would enjoy a side dish of pasta.)

Get Kiddos Involved: After you dice the tomatoes, throw them in a bowl for the kiddo to smoosh. Yes, smoosh. It helps break down the tomatoes for the sauce, and it gives the kid something to do — as well as a sensory experience, too. Score.


  • tomatoes (6 medium or equivalent)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • basil
  • oregano



What to do

  1. Cut up your tomatoes. (I used six medium-sized on-the-vine tomatoes tonight, but you could also try cherry tomatoes or romas if you'd prefer.)
  2. Throw the diced tomatoes into a bowl. Crush them by hand (perfect for a kid — who's washed his hands). 
  3. Dice up a couple garlic cloves. Or more! Who doesn't love garlic?
  4. Heat some olive oil over medium heat. Throw in your garlic. Stir so garlic doesn't burn. When you start to smell the garlic and it's turning golden brown, add in your smooshed tomatoes. 
  5. Add some spices. I did basil and oregano. You might want salt and/or a pinch of sugar. Maybe red pepper flakes. Ooh, or fennel seed! Seriously, just experiment and have fun with your kiddo.
  6. Add pasta. Or pour over some chicken.