An Easy, Delicious and Kid-Friendly Tomato Sauce Recipe

Tomato Sauce


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, but oh so good if you want more zing)
  • 2 pints of grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup basil, chopped

When the weather is constantly miserable during the winters in New York, I am all about being cozy and versatile in my cooking and eating. Over the weekend, I made a delicious and uber-easy tomato sauce that is the perfect dish for keeping all my kitchen constituents happy: the kids always want a yummy pasta, check; my husband wants something healthy and different, check; and, I usually want to watch my waistline, but don’t always want not make two (or even three!) completely different meals, check and check! 

I made this sauce in less than 30 minutes, the kids loved it on top of pasta, and I quickly broiled some filet of sole and topped it with the sauce for the adults.  Easy as pie for me and delicious for all!  Love that! 

Note: This ages very well, so make in advance or get two meals out of it!  It’s delish on chicken cutlets as well!


Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the onions and red pepper flakes if using and continue sautéing, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes more or until onions are golden. Add the tomatoes, stir to combine and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the tomatoes cook down a bit. Add the basil, stir to combine, then serve. 


Calories per serving:

209 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 74g 114%
  • Carbs 44g 15%
  • Saturated 10g 51%
  • Fiber 11g 42%
  • Sugars 22g
  • Monounsaturated 53g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 9g 17%
  • Sodium 41mg 2%
  • Calcium 149mg 15%
  • Magnesium 94mg 24%
  • Potassium 1,761mg 50%
  • Iron 3mg 17%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 223mg 32%
  • Vitamin A 319µg 35%
  • Vitamin C 101mg 169%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 22%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 12%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 20%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 46%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 127µg 32%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 71%
  • Vitamin K 142µg 178%
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