basic tomato sauce

Categories: Grains and Pasta, Sauces and Such, Posted by Sandy Bergsten


1 T olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and slivered

1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes, whole and peeled, with juice

1 cup water

Sprig of basil

Salt and Pepper



Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to oil and sauté until softened. Add garlic and sauté for one minute. Add tomatoes and juice crushing tomatoes with hands or carefully with a potato masher. Add I cup water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Add sprig of basil and a dash of salt.

Simmer, stirring the bottom frequently until thickened about 20 minutes. Add more water if needed.

Freezes well. Easily doubled.


Makes about 3 cups

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