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Basic Tomato Sauce


Tags: cooking basics, entertaining

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6 to 8


  • 2 (28 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large finely chopped onion
  • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves

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Add the tomatoes to a blender and puree until smooth.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the basil the last minute of cooking.

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