Sunday, May 9, 2010

Quick Tomato Sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce

Makes 3 cups, enough for 1 pound of pasta

This full-flavored tomato sauce takes only 15 minutes to prepare. High-quality canned tomatoes will make a big difference in this sauce. Grate the onion on the large holes of a box grater.


* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1/4 cup grated onion, from 1 medium onion
* 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
* Table salt
* 2 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tsp)
* 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
* 1/4 teaspoon sugar
* 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
* 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
* Ground black pepper


* Heat butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add onion, oregano, and ½ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and sugar; increase heat to high and bring to simmer. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in basil and oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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