Italian Tomato Sauce

Italian Tomato Sauce
3.5 from 4 ratings
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. 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 28-ounce can peeled plum tomatoes
  • 12 large fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. 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.
  2. 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.