Basic Tomato Sauce (for 4 – 6 people)

I use a basic tomato sauce as the basis for many recipes.  Whether you want to make a lasagna, an eggplant parmigiana, or a fast pasta for a group of hungry kids, use this recipe.  It literally takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, especially if you are using canned Italian plum tomatoes.


  • 1 can of Italian plum tomatoes (chopped), or a box of Pomì chopped tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Italian red pepper or a Thai pepper, minced (optional)
  • A handful of chopped fresh Italian basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make this Recipe

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat to medium.
  2. When the olive oil is warm, add the sliced garlic cloves,.
  3. Allow the garlic to turn golden; then remove all of the garlic, using a fork.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and basil and bring the heat to high. Add salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients together and allow to cook about minutes.  DO NOT OVERCOOK!
  5. Turn fire off.
  6. If you are using this as a sauce for another dish, you can use it immediately. If you are using it as a pasta sauce, mix with spaghetti or other pasta, add freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, and enjoy!