Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Basic Tomato Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: about 1 1/2 cups sauce
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3 tablespoons olive oil

1 crushed garlic clove

1 (22-ounce) can imported Italian plum tomatoes, drained, seeded and slightly crushed with juices reserved

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 to 8 basil leaves, shredded


  1. In a skillet heat olive oil over moderate heat and cook garlic for 1 minute. Add slightly crushed tomatoes and half of the reserved juices. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes. Add shredded basil leaves and cook for another 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning, if necessary.