Basic Tomato Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 cups
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Two 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes

1/4 cup olive oil 

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Add the tomatoes to a blender and puree until smooth.    
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the basil the last minute of cooking.