Use this tomato sauce as the base for a countless number of pasta, meat, or pizza dishes.

Basic Tomato Sauce

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion (1/4-inch dice)
  • 4 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 medium carrot (finely grated)
  • 2 cans peeled whole tomatoes (28 ounces each, crushed by hand, juices reserved)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
step-by-step directions
step-by-step directions
  • Add olive oil to a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until translucent and slightly caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the thyme and carrot, and sauté for 5 more minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Tip: Refrigerate the sauce in an airtight container for 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.
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