Cajun Tomato Sauce

A hearty and spicy sauce…

Between the mix of veggies and plenty of spice, Cajun tomato sauce will really rev up that plain pasta night. Along with the Cajun seasoning, extra cayenne pepper powder is the “rev” fuel here. It’s a bold, hearty, and spicy sauce. Use it anywhere a tomato sauce is called for: as a pasta sauce, a stromboli dipper, a mozzerella stick side, just to name a few!

No Cajun seasoning in your cabinet? That’s ok – you can make it yourself with many common spice rack spices. See our recipe here.

Cajun Tomato Sauce

Cajun Tomato Sauce

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 cups tomato sauce chunky or smooth
  • 3/4 cup yellow onions diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder optional
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the yellow onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic for approximately 5 minutes (or until the onions are soft and translucent).
  • Add the tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper powder, bay leaf, and lemon zest to the vegetables and stir to combine.
  • Lower the heat to low and simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and remove the bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste (and any additional Cajun seasoning/cayenne pepper to taste), then serve the sauce immediately.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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