Tomato Sauce for Spaghetti

  • Yield 6 servings

Once you make this rich tomato sauce you will see how ridiculously easy it is and you’ll have the pride of ownership that comes with homemade sauce.


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 -- large onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
2 -- (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, preferable in puree
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
-- Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until is starts to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes, if using. Add salt and pepper and bring sauce to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently until sauce thickens slightly, about 20 minutes. (The longer the sauce simmers, the richer and more concentrated it will become.) Makes about 7 cups.

Reprinted with permission from Katie Workman's The Mom 100 Cookbook (Workman Publishing, 2012).



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