Fresh Tomato Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 cups
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1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped 

One 28-ounce jar crushed red tomatoes, canned at the peak of the season, or store-bought canned crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves


  1. Combine the olive oil, red pepper flakes and garlic in a saucepan. Saute over medium-high heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Tear the basil leaves and stir them into the sauce.