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Simple Pasta Sauce

This is a simple pasta sauce that you can use for more than just spaghetti. Puree this recipe for pizza sauce or a great dipping sauce. I also like to make a variation for bruschetta by omitting the olive oil, using fire-roasted diced tomatoes and simply combining the uncooked ingredients. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving on toasts. —Deborah Markwood, Chester, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add brown sugar and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Remove bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 69 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 407mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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