10-Minute Tomato Sauce Recipe With Garlic & Basil Saves the Day by Donna John
You'll always find a jar of spaghetti sauce in my pantry. Well, almost always. When the craving for spaghetti hit recently, to my surprise, the pantry was bare – at least for spaghetti sauce. What to do?
I had a 28-ounce can of chopped tomatoes in tomato puree. With a few other simple ingredients, this can of tomatoes transformed into a delicious, fresh-tasting spaghetti sauce recipe. This quick pasta sauce recipe cooks in 10 minutes. No joke. The ingredients are simple: a can of chopped tomatoes, olive oil, onion, garlic and basil. You can add a pinch of sugar if like adding that to your pasta sauces or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat.
Serve this quick and easy tomato sauce over your favorite pasta, or use it in any Italian recipe that calls for tomato sauce. Store the sauce in a container in the refrigerator until ready to use if you make it ahead of time.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 1 can (28 ounces) chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 - 3 tablespoons chopped onion
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
- fresh basil leaves, torn
- pinch of sugar (optional)
- crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Here's how to make it:
- Heat the olive oil in a saucepot. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes (do not drain). Bring to a gentle simmer.
- If you don't like a chunky sauce, mash the tomatoes up with a potato masher. Simmer, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
- Add the fresh basil leaves. Continue to gently simmer about 5 more minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste. If you like a sweeter sauce, add a pinch of sugar. To spice it up, add some crushed red pepper flakes.
- Serve over your favorite pasta.
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