Chef1MOM~Connie, you described this as "basic sauce". <br/>No it's not ...... It is a wonderful ingredient..... Its a base sauce! .... Not basic ;-) It is just perfect!<br/>I have made this a few times (and forgot to review) and it is just perfect for using up the last of the harvest.<br/>I followed the recipe, but as you stated.......added fresh basil, oregano, chives and zucchini, and the second time capsicum and the third mushroom's! All worked so well.<br/>I think you could use what you wanted "Well within reason that is ".<br/>It is just the perfect tomato based sauce to start of any recipe that needs a tomato base.<br/>Ohh! And may I add .... It does freeze so very well also, I froze different ones and have been using as a base to a lot of my Italian recipe's!<br/>Wonderful recipe "Connie"...... Thanks.