10-Minute Tomato Sauce Recipe With Garlic & Basil Saves the Day by Donna John

a month ago
10-Minute Tomato Sauce Recipe With Garlic & Basil Saves the Day

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.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepot. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes (do not drain). Bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. If you don't like a chunky sauce, mash the tomatoes up with a potato masher. Simmer, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the fresh basil leaves. Continue to gently simmer about 5 more minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta.

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Now I’m craving pasta to soak up this sauce. Looks amazing!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I always keep diced tomatoes on hand for this reason. Love making my own sauces. Thanks for the easy recipe. #yum

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