105 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 76
  • 4 Rating Star 18
  • 3 Rating Star 7
  • 1 Rating Star 2
  • 2 Rating Star 2

This amazing sauce is great over noodles or some kind of vegetable. With a short cooking time, it's fabulous!

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Max Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the tomatoes in the melted butter until they begin to fall apart, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the basil, olive oil, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir the flour into the mixture and cook until it begins to thicken, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the water through the mixture to break up any lumps of the flour. Mix the garlic into the sauce and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts

78.24 calories; 2 g protein; 9.09 g carbohydrates; 4.47 g fat; 7.63 mg cholesterol; 483.32 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Anonymous
08/17/2010
Excellent basic sauce recipe. Easy to prepare great flavor. Substituted red wine for the water. This sauce is full of flavor and coats the pasta evenly. Will be adding this one to the regular rotation. You should definitely try this one.
(115)

Most helpful critical review

Anonymous
01/10/2011
Did not like this sauce at all save your time and look for another one. Sauce in a jar was much better.
(4)
105 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 76
  • 4 Rating Star 18
  • 3 Rating Star 7
  • 1 Rating Star 2
  • 2 Rating Star 2
Anonymous
08/17/2010
Excellent basic sauce recipe. Easy to prepare great flavor. Substituted red wine for the water. This sauce is full of flavor and coats the pasta evenly. Will be adding this one to the regular rotation. You should definitely try this one.
(115)
Callie
06/15/2011
Delicious! I was concerned at first but it turned out lovely. Here's some hints I found useful: if using dried instead of fresh basil use only four teaspoons. I also found that I didn't need the 1/4 cup water and added used two tablespoons whole wheat flour rather than one all purpose. Also you can just use a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes and if you want to save some calories only use one teaspoon margarine rather than a tablespoon butter and omit the oil. It will still taste great.
(78)
elmo
07/13/2010
This really was a fantastic and simple recipe. I love that I can make it using all-natural ingredients. I didn't have any small tomatoes so I used 4 large ones instead and it still turned out great. I also had some ready-to-serve portobello mushroom Italian sausage in my fridge so I threw that in there. This was my first attempt at making homemade pasta sauce and I will definitely be doing this again. Really and truly amazing.
(55)
LylahCakes
09/07/2010
This is a wonderfully easy quick sauce. We didn't have fresh tomatoes on hand but two cans of diced tomatoes worked just fine. It was so delicious the man of the house did the dishes. Any recipe that can get him to wash dishes deserves all five stars!
(30)
Kendra Mesecar
09/02/2011
This was a great light sauce! Don't expect that all day simmering thick sauce this is just a perfect fresh easy way to use up your garden veggies. We had it with ricotta ravioli and salad for a fast and delightfully homemade Friday night dinner. Thanks!:)
(15)
fancychef
08/30/2010
Wow! This sauce was amazing. My husband I made this with fresh tomatoes and basil. Mmmm! We will make this again.
(14)
Tammy LaPorta
08/31/2010
Loved it! It was nice to find a tomato sauce that didn't have sugar in it but still didn't have a bitter taste. Made this with home grown tomatoes and basil. Loved it's freshness.
(12)
Jill M.
10/01/2010
This was fabulous and the perfect summer gravy recipe. Fresh tomatoes and fresh basil make this light and tasty whether served over pasta or spaghetti squash. If you grow nothing else in your garden this recipe is worth growing plum tomatoes and basil for!
(10)
Alex
07/08/2012
This was just ok for me. It tasted very basil-y when I tasted just the sauce but once mixed with pasta it seemed to have no flavour at all. I also added some wine. It didn't say anywhere (nor in the reviews I read) that the tomatoes should be peeled but I would have much preferred it that way; that's just a personal preference thing though I guess. I also wish I'd taken my hand blender to it so that it would be more 'saucy' instead of chunky but again that's my preference. This was very quick and simple though so I would try it again with additional/different seasonings. One last comment maybe I just like my pasta particularly saucy but this wasn't even close to 4 servings for me. Make more if you have a big family or want some extra to freeze. Thanks for the recipe though it was a good start for me for making my first made-from-fresh-tomatoes sauce.
(10)