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Basic Tomato Sauce

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Do you want the taste of homemade tomato sauce without slaving away over the stove for hours? This is your solution–healthy, fast, and flavorful.


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Yield Approximately 4 cups

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 of an onion, diced finely

1 large clove of garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon of dried basil

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons of dried thyme

A generous pinch of salt

1 14 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

1 14 ounce can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes

1 6 ounce can of tomato paste

A pinch of organic cane sugar or coconut sugar (optional)


In a medium saucepan, heat up the olive oil and add the onion. Saute until slightly browned, about 5 minutes, then add the garlic. Stir to incorporate and add the dried basil, oregano, and thyme, along with a generous pinch of salt.

To the onion, garlic, and herbs, pour in the crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. I love the combination of regular and fire-roasted because it gives the sauce a little heat without it being overwhelming, and it nicely compliments the tomato flavor.

Bring the tomato sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes, then taste. Chances are, your sauce might taste a little acidic; I recommend adding a pinch of unrefined cane sugar or coconut sugar just to balance it out.

In the blender or with an immersion blender, blend the sauce until few bits of onion remain. Set aside until ready to use.

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