You don't need any fancy equipment to make this sauce. You don't need any fancy equipment to make this sauce. Israeli Kitchen You don't need any fancy equipment to make this sauce. (Photo: Ilana E. Strauss)

Easy 4-ingredient pasta sauce

Now you can make a delicious sauce while camping in the country or adventuring through the jungle.

  • Total time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5
  • Level: Easy
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes

I was living with an indigenous community in the Amazon jungle, and I was running low on supplies.

Aside from a packet of instant coffee and a bag of dried rice, I had a few tomatoes that were on the verge of going bad, some green peppers and a box of noodles.

A light bulb went off in my head: pasta! This was a dumb idea because A) I'd never made pasta sauce before and B) I had no recipe. But that had never stopped me from cooking sauce in the jungle before.

To my surprise, it was some of the best pasta sauce I'd ever tasted. Here's how you make pasta sauce the wrong way, without a kitchen or grocery store, on your next adventure.


  • 5 tomatoes
  • 5 green peppers
  • salt
  • oil (any kind)


Peel the tomatoes. (If you don't, your sauce will take hours to cook. I learned that the hard way.)

Chop the tomatoes and green peppers. Put them in a pot.

Realize you need the pot for the noodles, since all the other pots have either old popcorn or dirt in them. Coat a saucepan with oil, and put the veggies in there instead.

Cover the pan and simmer over a small fire. Once the tomatoes get soft, smash them with a fork or spoon from time to time.

Stop cooking once your sauce looks like, you know, sauce. Add salt and oil to taste.

Pour it over noodles, rice or whatever else you've got around. Share with friends.

Related Topics: Mediterranean, Vegetarian

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