Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

This is the closest recipe I've found to the deliciously simple tomato sauces I've tried in Italy. Since in the States our tomatoes aren't sweetened by rich, volcanic soil, a little bit of sugar helps make the sauce more vibrant.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 ounces


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

  • 18 plum tomatoes, or more to taste - cored, seeded, and chopped

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and brown for 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and sugar; cook for 15 minutes.

  2. Place a large bowl on a work surface. Insert a colander inside the bowl. Place cooked tomatoes in the colander to drain, saving excess liquid. Transfer tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until blended to the desired consistency. Return tomatoes to the saucepan. Add basil and cook for 20 to 30 minutes more, adding some of the reserved tomato liquid if the sauce is too thick.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
5g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 1570mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 49mg 243%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 899mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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