Fresh Tomato, Basil, Garlic Sauce



I have enjoyed making this recipe for basil, tomato, garlic sauce for over 30 years. This Fresh Tomato, Basil, Garlic Sauce recipe is both easy to prepare, and from stove to table in 15 minutes!!
For years, my best friends kept asking me for the recipe. I offered to come over and make it for them as well as write out the recipe, but they still can't make it correct. Thus, I thought I’d post this recipe just the way I make the sauce… but please, it is important to follow as I instruct, even if your mind questions the amount of certain ingredients)… great tasting with only few ingredients.


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4-6 servings
10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • ·
    olive oil, enough to only cover bottom of skillet
  • 1
    bulb fresh garlic, peeled and minced (i mince the cloves using the pulse opt. on the food processor)
  • 2 can(s)
    hunt's 100% natural petite diced tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • 4-8 Tbsp
    basil leaves
  • ·
    fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ·
    fresh ground sea salt, to taste

How to Make Fresh Tomato, Basil, Garlic Sauce


  1. Place a 12-inch skillet over medium add just enough olive to cover bottom of skillet. Heat and add the minced garlic. Cook garlic to soften, but NOT brown.
  2. Add the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and simmer on the lowest heat for 15 minutes.
  3. 1 box 16 Ounce, Barilla Angel Hair Pasta (Al dente perfection in 4 to 5 minutes)
    Barilla Classic Blue Box's Penne:
    Bring 4 - 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil, add salt to taste. Add contents of package to boiling water. Stir gently. Return to a boil. For authentic "al dente" pasta, boil uncovered, stirring occasionally for 11 minutes. For more tender pasta, boil an additional 1 minute. Remove from heat. Drain well.
  4. In a serving bowl add the angel hair pasta (cooked and drained) and with sauce, mixing mixture to evenly combine.

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About Fresh Tomato, Basil, Garlic Sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Heirloom

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