Basic Tomato Sauce

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.

From EatingWell: September/October 1995, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)
Yield: about 5 cups
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 60


  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. Pinch of crushed red pepper
  5. 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  6. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 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: 109 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 71 mg sodium; 48 mg potassium.

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

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable