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Quick Tomato Sauce


With cans of tomatoes, good olive oil and garlic in the pantry, you can always make a simple, superb tomato sauce. You can vary this basic sauce by finishing it with different herbs, such as fresh basil, marjoram, parsley or thyme.

2 1/4 cups | Active Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes



  1. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until warm. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, until softened and fragrant but not colored, 30 to 60 seconds. Add tomatoes and mash with a potato masher. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring and mashing occasionally, until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Per 1/4 cup : 34 Calories; 2 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 5 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 128 mg Sodium; 6 mg Potassium

Exchanges: 1 vegetable

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