Basic Tomato Sauce

Recipe by skat5762

From 'Simple Italian Cooking', by Mario Batali. Posted to accompany following recipes: Rolled Flank Steak with Green Olives and Oregano, Rolled Flank Steak with Green Olives and Oregano; and Timpano di Maccheronni, (the Mythic Pasta Dome), Timpano Di Maccheroni (The Mythic Pasta Dome).

Top Review by love4culinary

This tomato sauce is absolutely delicious. This will be my regular tomato sauce from now on, seriously! I needed tomato sauce to make nawja's chicken vindaloo, and I didnt have any, so I made yours using tons of tomatoes I had on hand. The flavors are just amazing, yet the ingredients are so simple!! I used the fresh thyme, and wouldnt use anything but fresh.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 3-quart saucepan, heat theolive oil oover medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add the thyme and the carrot and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  5. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until as thick as hot cereal.
  6. Season with salt and serve.
  7. This sauce holds one week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.

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