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, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 18g 28%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 3g 13%
  • Fiber 3g 11%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 13g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Sodium 10mg 0%
  • Calcium 37mg 4%
  • Magnesium 24mg 6%
  • Potassium 440mg 13%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 56mg 8%
  • Vitamin A 80µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 25mg 42%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 3%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 12%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 32µg 8%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 36µg 45%
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