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Basic Tomato Sauce

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 26 mins
Cool time 15 mins
Yield Makes about 2 cups
  

Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes (about 6 medium tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Sauté onion in hot oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic, thyme, and red pepper, and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and brown sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

  2. Stir in basil and next 4 ingredients, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 15 minutes.

  3. If desired, pulse tomato mixture, in batches, in a food processor 3 to 4 times or to desired consistency. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days.

  4. Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed. Place sauce in an airtight container. Freeze sauce up to 3 months.

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