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An Easy, No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Craving a tomato-based sauce but 1) don’t have a jar of the pre-made stuff and 2) don’t feel like standing over a hot stove stirring for hours? Enter: a no-cook red sauce that utilizes the heat from just-cooked pasta and tastes just as good as sauces that take hours. And because it’s no cook, you’ll bite into full tomatoes bursting with true tomato-y flavor.

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No-Cook Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Misfits Market
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound pasta of choice
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, cut in half and seeds removed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • ¾ cup pitted Castelvetrano olives, crushed
  • 4 anchovies, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup chives, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heavily salt a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions or until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, using the large holes of a box grater, grate beefsteak tomatoes cut side down into a large bowl until you hit the skin, then dispose of skins. To the bowl, add cherry tomatoes, garlic, capers, olives, anchovies, pepper flakes, and olive oil. Mix until well combined.
  3. Transfer cooked pasta of choice to the bowl with the sauce, along with butter, a generous pinch of salt, and 10 cranks of black pepper. Mix using tongs until the butter has fully emulsified into the sauce and pasta is fully coated. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Divide among bowls and top pasta with chives.

What is the difference between tomato sauce and tomato paste?

Tomato sauce is made by cooking tomatoes on the stovetop, then pureeing or canning them. Tomato paste, on the other hand, is a highly concentrated version of tomato sauce with an entirely different consistency. It has a strong tomato flavor is perfect for adding to stews, soups, and chili. Tomato paste is found in tubes and small cans, but you can also make it at home.