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Ultimate Quick-and-Easy Pasta Sauce

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 3 cups (serving size: 1 cup)
This easy pasta sauce is so tasty and versatile. You can substitute crushed or whole tomatoes for the diced. Crushed will give you a smooth, thick sauce; whole adds a nice chunkiness. Serve this sauce with your favorite pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 126
  • caloriesfromfat 16 %
  • fat 2.3 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 4.1 g
  • carbohydrate 25.2 g
  • fiber 3.7 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2.8 mg
  • sodium 461 mg
  • calcium 110 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in wine and next 6 ingredients (wine through tomatoes), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.