Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe

Basic Tomato Sauce
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 40 mins | Active Time: | Makes: 8 to 10 servings (about 6 cups)

If you have never made your own tomato sauce, this is a great starter recipe. But even if you’re a pro, this sauce is a great base on which to riff.

Game plan: If you’ve canned your own tomatoes, they can be used here. Just put the tomatoes and juices in a food processor and pulse until they are evenly broken up and incorporated, then proceed with the recipe below.

If you can, make this sauce up to 24 hours in advance (keep it covered in the refrigerator and rewarm as needed), because the flavors improve with time.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans high-quality crushed tomatoes, with juices
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it shimmers, add onion and season with salt. Cook until onion is softened and just beginning to brown, about 7 to 9 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes more.
  2. Add tomatoes and juices and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and bring mixture to a simmer. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Taste and, if necessary, season with more salt or add a pinch of sugar if the sauce is too acidic.