Quick Tomato Sauce

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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.

Quick Tomato Sauce

Makes: 2 1/4 cups

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes, (not drained)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  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.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


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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