This is a basic recipe for authentic Italian tomato sauce flavored with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and basil. Toss with your favorite pasta or use for pizza, gnocchi and more.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add passata, basil, and salt. Cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tomato sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove garlic halves before serving.

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Cook's Note:

Instead of the onion you can use 2 shallots. If you have the time, you can simmer the sauce for much longer for a more intense flavor.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 20.8g; fat 7.4g; sodium 303.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2018
Very easy to make and fast. I used fresh garden tomatoes (early girls) and blanched, skinned and seeded them. This was basically exactly what I was looking for to use up tomatoes. The sauce I used in a homemade chili recipe but tasted good when I tested it. I will make this again. I removed the garlic at the end since my husband doesn't love garlic. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2018
Very easy to make and fast. I used fresh garden tomatoes (early girls) and blanched, skinned and seeded them. This was basically exactly what I was looking for to use up tomatoes. The sauce I used in a homemade chili recipe but tasted good when I tested it. I will make this again. I removed the garlic at the end since my husband doesn't love garlic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2018
The only difference is I add more garlic and I roast the garlic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
Everyone at my Thanksgiving meal loved the sauce. I even saved a little for myself and enjoyed it for dinner last evening. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2018
Next time I'll use 1/2 the onion and garlic. Very quick to make and that I loved. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2018
I doubled the recipe and added a teaspoon of allspice One green pepper and a quarter cup of chopped cilantro. I used bush Basil instead of sweet Basil. I also used Roma tomatoes fresh from the garden skinned but I left the seeds in. I blended the sauce with an immersion blender after it had been simmering for half an hour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2019
Very authentic! Instead of already chopped tomatoes I used whole peeled ones and it added a bit more texture to the sauce. I squished them in my hand and then put them in the pot. Used on top of homemade pasta and it was an amazing turnout! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2019
This was delicious! I didn't make any changes to the recipe. Great just as is. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2019
It is a good recipe but I rendered a piece of pancetta in the oil and garlic and I put some red pepper flakes in with it so the flakes would give forth their oils. The source was great. Thank you Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2019
Quite good, but it needed more *umph*. I put extra salt, and a Tablespoon of sugar to balance put the acidity. Read More
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