How to heat up pasta sauce

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How to heat up pasta sauce
Learn how to heat up pasta sauce to create the most successful pasta dish. (Whole Wheat Pasta and Tomato Sauce image by JJAVA from

Pasta was introduced to the world by the Arabs when they invaded Italy during the 8th century. Back then, people would eat the pasta dry, using their fingers. It wasn't until 1839 when the Italian Duke, Ippolito Cavalcanti, invented the first pasta sauce made from tomatoes. Today, pasta sauce can contain tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, meat or any number of other ingredients. Properly heating up pasta sauce helps you create the most successful pasta dish.

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Things you need

  • Saucepan
  • Large spoon

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  1. 1

    Empty the pasta sauce into a saucepan. Do not put a cover on the saucepan.

  2. 2

    Turn the stove on medium heat. Slowly stir the pasta sauce until it becomes hot. Turn down the heat to the lowest setting when the pasta sauce begins to boil and allow it to simmer for three minutes.

  3. 3

    Pour the sauce directly over your pasta or add to a serving bowl.

Tips and warnings

  • To heat pasta sauce in a microwave oven, pour it into a microwave-safe cooking dish, cover and heat. Microwave oven cooking temperature varies, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Always read the label instructions when heating up store-bought pasta sauce.

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