Basic Tomato Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 7-8 cups
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped into ¼ inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced (the original recipe suggests 4 cloves, which is a bit much for me, but if you love garlic go for it!)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 medium to large carrot, shredded
  • ½ green pepper, shredded
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
  • Salt, to taste
  1. In a 3 quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme, carrot, and pepper, and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and serve. This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
This is a single-batch, which usually feeds my family of four for two meals.
Recipe by The Balanced Kitchen at