Basic Tomato Sauce




Makes about 2 cups

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 26 Minutes
Cool: 15 Minutes


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


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.

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

Art Smith, Chicago, Illinois,

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Southern Living

July 2008
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