Italian Tomato Sauce

Italian Tomato Sauce
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This classic sauce is perfect over pasta or as a dipping sauce for garlic bread. You can even add sausage or ground meat if you like. 

8
Servings
59
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4  Cup  extra virgin olive oil
  • onion, diced
  • garlic cloves
  • 28-ounce can peeled plum tomatoes
  • 12  large fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1  Teaspoon  sugar
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  black pepper

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 6-7 minutes. Add in the plum tomatoes, basil leaves, sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes, until the sauce has thickened, stirring often. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand 15 minutes. 

If desired, pass the sauce through a food mill or chop it in a blender or food processor until in small pieces. If desired, the sauce can be cooled and refrigerated up to 4 days, or frozen up to 6 months.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
1mg
0%
Magnesium, Mg
1mg
0%
Phosphorus, P
1mg
0%
Sodium, Na
1mg
0%
Water
1g
0%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.