Basic Tomato Sauce

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Basic Tomato Sauce

This simple but intensely flavored sauce can be used in many Italian recipes. Make a large batch and freeze in small containers for quick reheating.

Yield: about 5 cups
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 60


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


Heat oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook for 30 to 60 seconds. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and oregano; mash with a potato masher. Bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes cook down to a thick mass, 45 to 55 minutes. Season with pepper.

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Nutrition Per Serving

calories 109
fat 1 g (0 g sat, 1 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 7 g
protein 2 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 71 mg
potassium 48 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C(45% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv), Fiber (24% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 1/2 vegetable

From EatingWell September/October 1995, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)