Garlic & Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe Saves the Day In 10 Minutes by Donna John

Garlic & Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe Saves the Day In 10 Minutes

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.

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • Store the sauce in a container in the refrigerator until ready to use if you make it ahead of time.
  • Add more flavor by using fire-roasted tomatoes. 
  • You could add more fresh herbs like oregano or parsley.

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.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 209

Total Fat: 8.5g

Saturated Fat: 1.2g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 37mg

Total Carbohydrate: 32.6g

Dietary Fiber: 9.5g

Total Sugars: 20.6g

Protein: 6.9g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 86mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 1741mg

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Now I’m craving pasta to soak up this sauce. Looks amazing!
Elisa Schmitz
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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