Simple Tomato Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

The best -- comes from Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food.


  1. Sautee the garlic in olive oil until it starts to sizzle, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes, cover, bring to a boil, add salt.
  3. Reduce to a simmer, let cook for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add a handful of fresh basil (or substitute parsley), to taste.
  5. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Lovely simple sauce and very versatile - this is something that everyone should learn to make properly. May I make a suggestion re fresh basil - after your sauce as come to a simmer place the chopped basil on top (DO NOT STIR) and leave it there until the sauce is cooked - then stir thru.

waynejohn1234 August 26, 2010

DH said, "I hope you NEVER buy jarred sauce again!" You've got to love a simple sauce that tastes like summer in Italy (well, what I imagine Summer in Italy would taste like!) I think the key is to just bring the garlic to sizzle, not to brown it or overcook it. I am willing to bet this would be out of this world if make with fresh summer tomatoes warm from the sun! Wonderful recipe, Dria - thanks so much for sharing! Made for PAC Spring 2010 - you were adopted (and thank goodness for that!)

Katzen April 03, 2010

going to finally try this, but add SUGAR at the end to get it just right, i like it a little sweet. So simple tho, this is a great sauce, TESTING again too.

Liza at May 18, 2009

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