Basic Tomato Sauce for Pasta

1
Michelle Sebastian

By
@dc2london

This sauce is easy and can be dressed up or down with seasoning to suit any dish or taste - play with it and discover your inner Italian!

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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  • 28 oz
    italian style plum tomatoes
  • 6 oz
    tomato paste
  • 1
    white onions, chopped
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • ·
    olive oil
  • ·
    red wine
  • ·
    a pinch of sugar

How to Make Basic Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Step-by-Step

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large pan. Add garlic and brown. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and break them up as they cook to create a sauce, leaving the tomatoes as chunky as you like, about 5 minutes.
  3. When the garlic, onions and tomatoes are at a bubbling boil, stir in tomato paste until smooth. Add about 1/2 cup of red wine (or as little or much to your taste) and a pinch of sugar (to cut the tomato acidity), about 5 minutes.
  4. Finally, for serving with meatballs (or whenever you want a sauce to stand out), add crushed red pepper flakes - a little goes a long way, so no more than 2 teaspoons unless (like me!) you like "heat" - then play around until you get the taste to your liking. Simmer about 10 minutes.

    This recipe takes doing a couple of times to work out your personal preference for spices. I like a lot of garlic and a good amount of heat, so I use more garlic than listed and nearly a tablespoon of peppers - I like my sauce to stand up to my meatballs!

    For a "plain" sauce for pasta, I tone down the heat and add oregano or basil. This is a good "basic" sauce that you can play and change to suit the meal.

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About Basic Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy




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