Basic Tomato Sauce

This is a basic sauce. Good for pasta, rice or pizza. If you want to add meat, brown it first and then add veggies.

For a thinner sauce of coarse, puree in a blender or FP.

Ingredients can be cut in half.


  • 6 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded
  • 2 28-ounce cans of tomatoes, crushed by hand and mixed well with their juices
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Place oil into a sauce pan with onions and garlic, and cook over medium heat until translucent but not brown (about 10 minutes). Add the thyme and carrot; cook 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to just bubbling, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.
  2. Season with salt to taste. Serve immediately or set aside for further use. The sauce may be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 6 months.

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