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Basic Tomato Sauce

Serves: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, drained and juices reserved
  • 6 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, more if desired
  • ¾ cup water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Procedures:

The key to making a good tomato sauce is good ingredients, which must include good canned tomatoes. Sugar is added to the sauce to cut the acidity in the tomatoes. Place a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion and cook until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir the whole tomatoes into the skillet, bring to a simmer and cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Using the back of a wooden spoon, crush the tomatoes and continue to cook until soft and the liquid is almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.

Add the reserved tomato juice, basil and sugar and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in ¾-cup water, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the sauce is thick. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

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