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Recipe for a Simple and Delicious Tomato Sauce using Pastene

Updated on April 8, 2012

A quick weeknight dinner.

I use this tomato sauce recipe at least once a week. It is quick and easy to make. It's a basic sauce with great flavor.


2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons of thinly sliced ontion

1 garlic clove (two if they are small) minced

1 28 ounce can of peeled ground tomatoes. I use Pastene Kitchen Ready brand.


a scant 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of sugar

3 basil leaves

kosher salt & pepper


Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed medium size saucepan over medium heat. Add in the sliced onion and half a teaspoon of salt. Sauté on low/medium heat for about 5 mins until the onions are translucent. Do not let them brown, if they look like they are going in that direction, lower the heat. Lower the heat ot low and add the garlic. Stir for one minute. Add in the can of tomatoes. Fill the can about 1/3 full with water and add into the pan. This will also ensure you get all of the tomato out of the can. Also add in 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, the baking soda and sugar. Stir until combined. Cover the pan and increase the heat to medium/high. Once the pot comes to a boil lower the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionaly to ensure the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pan. After 20 minutes turn off the heat. Tear the basil leaves and add to the sauce. Allow the leaves to sit in the sauce for at least 5 minutes before serving over you favorite pasta.



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      rdown 5 years ago from Usa

      Thanks. I hope you like it!

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      rdown 5 years ago from Usa

      Thank you! I'm glad you are going to try it. Please do let me know what you think.

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      Subhas 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Simply great recipe. I am surely going to give it a try.

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Wow.. nice one, thank you for answering my question with such an easy interesting recipe.. I certainly will try this one and let you know.. but I alright know that I will like this sauce.. Cheers and thanks for sharing.. take care.