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Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce



This recipe goes with Cheese-and-Sausage Mini Pizzas

Southern Living JULY 2008

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups
  • Cook time: 26 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 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.


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