How To: Make a Simple Tomato Sauce

Make a Simple Tomato Sauce


  • 1 small onion (4 ounces), cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil (10-12 large leaves)
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine or vermouth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ to ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, (optional, to taste, for a spicier sauce)


  1. Using a metal blade, chop onion, garlic, and oregano in Cuisinart Food Processor (pulse about 10 times).
  2. Heat oil in a 2 3/4 quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic, and oregano in saucepan for 2-3 minutes (the onion should be soft and the oregano fragrant).
  3. Next add to saucepan the canned tomatoes along with their juices, basil sprigs, wine, and salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Let sauce simmer for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Let sauce cool in pan for 10 minutes and then stir in red and black pepper (optional).
  5. For a smooth sauce: pulse mixture only 15 times. For a chunky sauce: process sauce for 2 minutes until uniform. The sauce is ready now for pasta. If needed for pizza topping, let simmer uncovered for another 40-50 minutes and apply to dough.

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I believe Instruction #5 is backwards on the 'pulsing' durations. Just sayin', ........

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